Angela Smith is new member of LHU trustees

Mike Hanna Jr. begins second term

Angela Smith

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University’s Council of Trustees introduced a new member, Angela Smith, at the Friday, Feb. 21 trustee meeting. In addition, Mike Hanna Jr., council secretary, also was reappointed as a trustee to serve a second term on the council.

Smith is a Clinton County native and 2007 alumna of Lock Haven University. She graduated suma cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in education with a concentration in Spanish and a minor in mathematics.

Hired by Bald Eagle Area School District two months following graduation, she continues there as a Spanish teacher and elementary Spanish program coordinator. In her tenure with BEASD, she created and produced a unique curriculum and fun to learn Spanish introductory program that has her also reaching every elementary student from kindergarten through fifth grades in their four-school district. Smith also teaches middle and high school and opened opportunities for upper level language students to travel abroad. Smith’s additional work includes the submission of an AP-credited Spanish course to improve their students’ proficiency and ability to compete in the business and academic arenas.

“We are pleased to welcome Angela Smith to the Council of Trustees and look forward to her contributions as a member and passionate educator and alumna,” said Dr. Robert Pignatello, LHU president. “We are also happy to have Mike Hanna Jr. on for a second term and know he will continue to serve the council well.”

In 2011, Smith continued her studies and graduated from the University of Boston Massachusetts with a master’s degree in applied linguistics with a concentration in ESL. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, traveling to Costa Rica to continue connections made during her study abroad with LHU, serves at her church and volunteers with Clinton County Camp Cadet.

“My education at LHU prepared me to be an effective educator and facilitator,” Smith said. “I applied to be a trustee as a way to give back into the community that invested in me. The university is a key to our area and has positive results upon its students.”

Hanna has served as the executive deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture since December 2018. He previously served as executive deputy secretary of legislative affairs for Governor Tom Wolf. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master of Liberal Arts from Lock Haven University. He resides in Cumberland County with his wife Katrina.

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit www.lockhaven.edu, email admissions@lockhaven.edu, or call 570-484-2011.

Lock Haven University (LHU) is a small, public university located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. LHU’s experience-based approach to learning prepares students for a lifetime of success. The university features outstanding academic programs taught by experienced faculty. Since 1870, The Haven has provided an unbeatable combination of quality, affordability and value to the region, the Commonwealth and beyond.

LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth.