Meet the Shippensburg University Council of Trustees
Information on the 11 volunteers
who help lead the university into the future.
Michael Schaul ’71-’72m
President, WHM Group; President, ESG
Group, Ltd.; President, Spruce Creek Group,
Ltd.; Secretary, Wildlife for Everyone Foundation;
Member, Wetland Advisory Committee
Trustee member, Board of Governors, 2001-2006
Trustee since 1999, Chair since 2007
Favorite thing about Ship: The students and probably an equal favorite is Ship and its campus.
Two interesting things about you: Interesting things about me are best defined through my family and friends. I am fortunate, and honored enough, to have quite a collection of diverse friends.
Most memorable Ship experience: Wow, almost impossible to answer. When I walk through campus I see memories: the book walk to the new library, electing the first guy Homecoming Queen, hanging in the Raider Room, roommates, joining the Rolling Rock Club, dance night at “Stu” Hall, and sadly, friends who are no longer with us.
For fun: Golf, working out, travel, and fighting the age curve…
One thing readers should know: With my colleague trustees I feel the presence of those who came before us, for they gave us the Ship we have today. We obligate ourselves to provide choices for those who come after us. As time moves forward, we have become greatly concerned about the future of the university and what will come into the hands of those who come after us. You will be hearing more from me on this very important topic.
Retired Pennsylvania Legislature assistant
Trustee since 1995
Favorite thing about SHIP: The students—I’m impressed at the quality of our students, how creative and dedicated to their major they are.
Two interesting things about you: I love watching the ocean—my troubles get washed away in the waves. I love animals, mostly dogs.
Most memorable SHIP experience: Going to the scholarship recipient dinners. I get emotional hearing the stories about the students as well as those initiating the scholarships.
For fun: I go camping with my family.
One thing readers should know: While I am not an alum, I love Shippensburg University as if I were a graduate!
William Piper ’75
Trustee since 1996
Favorite thing about Ship: Being a member of the Council of Trustees has been an outstanding part of my life and I’m very proud of that. My colleagues leave their politics and egos at the door for the benefit of the students and the betterment of the university.
Two interesting things about you: Well, my wife tells me I am extremely boring. All I do is watch the Weather Channel and Fox News. And from time to time I am known to ask goofy questions, like, What happens to all the rubber that wears off tires?
Most memorable Ship experience: Being involved with the development of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center and seeing it come to fruition.
For fun: I enjoy going to events at the Luhrs Center. I fish. My daughter, a recent Ship graduate, has gone out on the first day of fishing season with me every year since she was five. I also enjoy yard work and working on the farm we purchased in 2010—there is always something to do.
One thing readers should know: I am the only active agriculturalist on the council and I hope I bring a unique perspective to the situation in terms of answering and asking questions. It comes from being born and raised on a farm.
History professor emeritus
Trustee since 2003
Favorite thing about SHIP: Since 1964 I have been taken in as part of the Ship family. There has been over all these years a sense of kinship, of friendship, of belonging and in my experience of higher ed this has been and continues to be a unique atmosphere.
Two interesting things about you: To the best of my knowledge I have been only one of three people to have served on the faculty and then become a trustee and only one of two faculty to have served as a trustee and a member of the board of the SU Foundation. My family has always been central to my life and currently that includes my wife, my daughters (and the “meatheads” they married), my grandchildren, my 96-year- old feisty mother, and my sister.
Most memorable SHIP experience: Fifteen years as the chair of the Department of History/Philosophy and serving as a member of the search committee that brought Tony Ceddia to campus.
For fun: Travel—since we retired in 1997 my wife and I have visited over 40 countries and 20 U.S. states with more to come. I love to read murder mysteries and historical fiction. I have been known to visit a casino.
One thing readers should know: In all my roles I try to keep the best interests and well being of the students upper- most as I participate in decision-making. Students must be our consistent focus.
Thomas Dunn ’06
Trustee since 2009
Favorite thing about SHIP: I love the culture of community that Shippensburg fosters. SHIP has a gorgeous campus and top-notch academic programs, but to me, it is really the people of Shippensburg that make it a great place to live and learn.
Two interesting things about you: The Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” commercials are loosely based on me. I recently started building a wine collection of which I still know very little about.
Most memorable SHIP experience: When I was student body president, we worked on planning the ShipRec Center, the renovation of Reisner Hall, and the expansion of the Ceddia Union Building. When I see these completed buildings and the on-going construction around campus, it reminds me that the work we did then had a very lasting effect. Having a hand in those campus improvements, then and today, is very memorable, and I’m reminded every time I visit campus.
For fun: I enjoy going to concerts, playing softball and golf, backpacking, and dining out.
One thing readers should know: I’ve been told I have an unhealthy obsession with politics.
Charles Goodhart ’74-’86M
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Trustee since 2003
Favorite thing about SHIP: Home football games!
Two interesting things about you: I have sung in my church choir for 55 years and was a volunteer fire fighter/EMT for many years.
Most memorable SHIP experience: Watching both my son and daughter graduate from Ship.
For fun: Go golfing, singing, reading, and walking.
One thing readers should know: I’m passionate about Shippensburg University and am proud to serve on
the Council of Trustees with such a dedicated and diligent group of men
Pennsylavnaia State Representative
Trustee since 1995
Favorite thing about Ship: The student body. Over my years on the council, I have met so many decent and motivated young people determined to make the most of their college opportunity, whether in academics, sports, student government, campus life, other related activities, or all of the above.
Two interesting things about you: Prior to my election to the General Assembly, I served six years as deputy general counsel to Governor Tom Ridge. I am a certified U.S. Soccer Foundation referee. Although my current position makes it difficult to do much referring, it keeps me connected to the game, and I hope to do more in the future.
Most memorable Ship experience: It would have to be my participation on the Presidential Search Committee which resulted in Dr. Ruud being selected to head the university.
For fun: I enjoy watching my adult son agonize over his fantasy football team every fall weekend. I enjoy watching my daughter play soccer and visiting other PSAC campuses. I am also engaged in a hopeless pursuit to break 80 in golf.
One thing readers should know: I have never had a cup of coffee.
Gene Herritt ’72m
Trustee since 2011
Favorite thing about Ship: The people. In addition to living in the Shippensburg community for over 40 years, I have served as president of the alumni board and taught as an adjunct at Ship. During that time and in those capacities I have had the privilege of serving with students, professors, administrators, parents, and donors. The consistency of the quality of those individuals over the years has been a source of both pride and inspiration to me.
Two interesting things about you: I believe I am the only person to serve as president of the alumni board who does not hold an undergraduate degree from Ship. I am a Clarion University graduate earning a maser’s degree from Ship in 1972. I’ve been in 48 states with Alaska and North Dakota yet to be visited. Alaska will happen in 2013 after which a visit to North Dakota will become an obsession.
Most memorable Ship experience: Watching the changes to the university over the last 40 years as the institution grows itself, its student opportunities, and its graduates.
For fun: I enjoy reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time with my wife and family.
One thing readers should know: I enjoy serving on various boards and committees. It gives me a sense of fulfillment to know I am helping to make our community a better place to live and offering increased opportunities for my friends and neighbors.
Dr. Elnetta Jones ’72M
Retired dean, Academic Programs
Trustee since 2008
Favorite thing about Ship: The Luhrs Center is a beautiful facility. I think of it as the cultural hub in this region, a place for the arts. It brings dynamic people like gifted surgeon Dr. Ben Carson to our campus.
Two interesting things about you: I enjoy reading mysteries, and Agatha Christie has been my favorite for most of my adult life. But nothing can boost my spirits like watching professional football, and my interest goes beyond the scores. My favorite teams are the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Celebrating their Super Bowl victories turned me briefly berserk.
Most memorable Ship experience: In 1996-97, Col. John R. Grove ’41 and I were the SU Foundation’s National Annual Fund Co-Chairs. With the assistance of the volunteers and staff we raised $1,028,922, exceeding the $925,000 goal. This was the highest amount ever raised through the SU Foundation.
For fun: I exercise two or three times a week and take a walk afterwards.
One thing readers should know: I was a consultant to the South Africa Project in 1995 and again in 1999. I assisted the post-apartheid South African government in expanding educational opportunities for many South Africans. I will always hold this experience dear to my heart because I knew I was making a difference.
President, Orrstown Bank Foundation
Trustee since 1989
Favorite thing about Ship: There are so many, but I suppose at the top of the list would be our reputation as one of the top colleges in the northeast. I am always proud to tell folks that I am a trustee at Ship. I also like the fact we are a student-centered campus which puts students first.
Two interesting things about you: On the fun side I am a Margaritaville Parrothead and have attended an annual Jimmy Buffet concert for the past fifteen years. On the serious side, I was privileged to serve a three-year term as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia, which was a highlight of my career.
Most memorable Ship experience: Being named an honorary alumnus of Ship was very, very special. As a trustee, having the opportunity to meet and talk with a wide variety of leaders like Bishop Desmond Tutu, General Tommy Franks, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin to name a few.
For fun: I enjoy golf, travel, and bicycling. I hope to complete a four-state, 65-mile bike ride this year for my 65th birthday.
One thing readers should know: I am a compassionate person who likes to lead through consensus. I also try to live by trying to find the positive in every situation.
Junior psychology major
Student trustee since 2012
Favorite thing about SHIP: I value Ship’s sense of community and the amazing faculty, staff, students, and administrators who enthusiastically further its growth.
Two interesting things about you: First, I have a fraternal twin sister named Melissa. Second, I attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA where it snowed all the time. I transferred to Ship as a sophomore and never looked back. Ship gives me the opportunity to grow as a person, student, and community member.
Most memorable SHIP experience: My favorite memories are the ones I’m making right now as resident assistant in McLean Hall’s Healthy Living Wing. We hope to develop a program that will extend to the new residence halls. I am excited to play a role in this process and am confident it can improve the student experience. Be on the lookout for programs and initiatives with the Healthy Living logo!
For fun: I think it would be cool to teach ballroom dance and it would be awesome to participate in a national competition.
One thing readers should know: I am proud to represent the diverse interests of Ship students and welcome the opportunity to better serve them. I want to hear more of their ideas and feedback.