SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 09, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces Changes to SEPTA Board Infrastructure, Press Release, Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced that Representative Dwight Evans will be stepping down from his position on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) board effective immediately. The governor has appointed Deputy Chief of Staff Obra S. Kernodle IV to fill the vacant position.“I would like to thank Representative Evans for his extensive work to secure dedicated revenues for mass transit throughout the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “His many years of service has earned him a reputation as an expert in transit matters and his guidance in this capacity will be missed.”In 1991, Representative Evans helped establish the Public Transportation Assistance Fund, Act 26, the first dedicated funding source for mass transit. In 2005, Evans forged the establishment of a Transportation Funding and Reform Commission, an initiative adopted by former Governor Ed Rendell that provided strategies to stabilize transit funding. Most recently, Rep. Evans championed Act 89 of 2013, which provided a comprehensive, statewide funding plan for transportation. In 2016, he played a key role in resolving the weeklong transit strike resulting in a five-year contract for 4,738 transit personnel.Obra S. Kernodle IV will replace Representative Evans as the governor’s appointee on the SEPTA board. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kernodle is a graduate of Roman Catholic High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in 2002. Most recently, before his appointment as a member of Governor Wolf’s senior staff, Obra was a senior advisor for Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s transition team. Prior to joining the Wolf for Governor Campaign, Obra worked in Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Administration as Deputy of Legislative Affairs, helping to coordinate the city’s Actual Value Initiative. In 2012, Obra was part of President Obama’s reelection effort as the Pennsylvania Southeast Political Director. Obra currently sits on the boards of Visit Philly and Welcome America.
Chancellor Kent Syverud will chair the six-person search committee responsible for finding Syracuse’s new director of athletics, the university announced Wednesday. The position is open after the previous athletic director, Mark Coyle, left for the same position at the University of Minnesota on May 11.The committee expects to have a new AD in place by the beginning of the fall semester, according to the release. Syverud and the committee are still deciding if hiring a search firm will help the process. University General Counsel Daniel French is serving as interim AD in the meantime.Syverud was not on the previous search committee that found Coyle. Robert Miron, a University Trustee and chair of the Board of Trustees’ Athletics Committee, is the only returning member. Two prominent athletics figures who were hired by Coyle, head football coach Dino Babers and deputy athletics director Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick, are also on the committee.Members of the committee are:· Kent Syverud, Chancellor (Chair)AdvertisementThis is placeholder text· Dino Babers, head football coach· Richard Burton, Falk Professor of Sport Management and faculty athletics representative· Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick, deputy athletics director and senior women’s administrator· Robert Miron, University Trustee and Chair of the Board of Trustees’ Athletics Committee· Brittney Sykes, women’s basketball player Comments Related Stories Syracuse announces Daniel French as interim director of athletics, Herman Frazier promoted to senior deputy AD3 things interim AD Daniel French and senior deputy AD Herman Frazier said at their introductory press conferenceMark Coyle needed home to do his job, and he found it in MinnesotaOtto’s Army, Student Association presidents react to Mark Coyle’s departure Published on May 25, 2016 at 3:35 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+