SOS Announces ‘Campus Renewal’ Speaker Series

Safeguard Old State is excited to announce a new speaker series designed to foster a dialog over the role of students, trustees, alumni and faculty in relation to their alma mater, our Pennsylvania State University.

SOS will be welcoming three speakers to campus over the next two weeks from national non-profits focused on higher education.

Anne Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), Adam Kissel, executive staff member of the Foundation for Individual Rights In Education (FIRE) and Ben Novak, former Penn State Trustee and president of the Mount Nittany Conservancy and Lions Paw Alumni.

The speakers will focus on the relation of trustees and alumni to the university, the relation of students to their university, and the relation of faculty members to the university, respectively.

As a part of the mission of Safeguard Old State, we strive to provide education for our community on all fronts from individual rights to tuition and traditions. Anne Neal will speak tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 5pm and Dr. Adam Kissel will speak Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7:30pm in 101 Thomas.

Anne D. Neal
Anne D. Neal “is the President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and manager of the Fund for Academic Renewal. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College with an A.B. in American History and Literature. She received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School where she served as the first woman editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation.

From 1980 to 1982, Ms. Neal specialized in the First Amendment at the New York City law firm of Rogers & Wells. Subsequently, she has served as General Counsel of the Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President; associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wiley & Rein; Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America; and General Counsel and Congressional Liaison of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

She sits on the boards of All Hallows Guild, Washington National Cathedral, Friends of the U.S. National Arboretum, Paine Art Center and Arboretum, and the Sabre Foundation. She is also a member of the Washington Founders Committee for Historic Mount Vernon. She is a founding member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the US House of Representatives Child Care Center.

Adam Kissel
Adam Kissel graduated from Harvard University and from the University of Chicago, where he served as Student Liaison to the Board of Trustees and earned an A.M. from the Committee on Social Thought. His academic interests include the history and theory of liberal education, the history and theory of rhetoric, and rhetoric’s relationship with philosophy.

He also has served as a professional editor for Nobel laureate James Heckman and for faculty in a variety of disciplines. Before joining FIRE, Adam was a director of the Lehrman American Studies Center and the Jack Miller Center for the Teaching of America’s Founding Principles. With Sharon Browne he wrote a Faculty Rights Handbook in 2007.

Ben Novak
Ben Novak was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on February 15, 1943. He graduated from Penn State University in 1965, having served as president of the Undergraduate Student Government in his senior year. He graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1968.

He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, Infantry, from 1968 to 1970, including a year in Vietnam where he won the Bronze Star. Mr. Novak was admitted to the Bar of Pennsylvania in 1968. He is also admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States Third Circuit, and the U.S. Military Court of Appeals.

He has served on the Penn State Board of Trustees from 1988-2000, is a member of Lion’s Paw Alumni Association, former president of the Mount Nittany Conservancy, and a distinguished alumnus.