Mont Alto alumnus to return to campus as Spring 2011 Commencement speaker
Penn State Mont Alto will welcome back to campus esteemed alumnus Shaun B. Keister, associate vice president for development for Penn State, to be its Spring 2011 Commencement speaker. Like nearly 60 percent of Mont Alto’s students choose, Keister completed the first two years of his Penn State degree at Mont Alto (’88-’89) before completing his B.A. in political science at University Park.
“Our students will enjoy hearing from a successful alumnus who once walked these same halls,” said Dr. David C. Gnage, Penn State Mont Alto chancellor. “They will no doubt be inspired by Shaun’s accomplishments realized after the strong foundation he first obtained here at Mont Alto.”
Keister graduated magna cum laude as a member of Penn State’s University Scholars Program, the forerunner to the Schreyer Honors College. He went on to earn both a master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from Iowa State University. Prior to his current position, Keister spent 13 years at the Iowa State University Foundation where he served as vice president for development outreach. His career has also taken him to the Florida State University Foundation, and Keister has served as a fundraising consultant to more than 75 non-profit organizations and universities nationwide.
“I look forward to returning to Mont Alto,” said Keister. “I learned many important life lessons and leaderships skills there that have served a lifetime and created important friendships and bonds.” He currently maintains supervisory responsibility at Penn State for several central development areas, including annual giving, development communications, corporate and foundation relations, donor relations, gift planning, leadership gifts, and research/prospect development.
The Penn State Mont Alto 2011 Spring Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. in the Multipurpose Activities Center on campus. Mont Alto is the oldest Penn State campus outside of University Park and has been graduating students for more than 100 years.