Advisory boards at Penn date back to 1928 when the Statutes of the Corporation, which outline governance procedures for the University, were amended to allow for constituent boards to provide counsel for each of the University’s faculties. In 1972, the trustees and the president decided to build on this earlier precedent by establishing Boards of Overseers.

The Penn Athletics Board of Overseers serves as bridge between Department of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics and the community beyond campus boundaries. Although Athletic Overseers do not have fiduciary responsibility, the President, Provost, Board of Trustees and Penn's Atheltic Director rely heavily on this group of individuals to provide counsel and stewardship in matters related to athletics and recreation.

In addition, the Athletics Overseer Board is an important component of the Penn volunteer leadership structure and is essential to the athletic department's ability to engage volunteers at various levels. The Athletic Board of Overseers is comprised of four subcommittees:

  • Steering Committee
  • Competitive Performance
  • Student-Athlete Experience
  • Recreation/Club Sports


The Board of Overseers is resource for identifying and cultivating leaders who may eventually serve on the Board of Trustees, and for providing existing or former trustees with an opportunity to lend their expertise to Penn Athletics.  The Penn Champions Club cannot thank them enough for their commitment and leadership of Penn Athletics.

Current Athletic Overseers:

James H. Greene, Jr., W72, Chair
Clinton A. Matter, C97 W97, Vice Chair
Mark B. Werner, C80, Vice Chair
Benjamin A. Breier, C93 W93
David M. Brush, C82
James S. Cohen, W80
William J. Constantine, C66 WG68
Jerry M. Cudzil, C97
Jeffrey G. Dishner, W87
Martin Ellis Franklin, C86
Frances M. Glomb, C94
Clay W. Hamlin III, W67 WG72
T. Gibbs Kane, Jr., W69
Paul K. Kelly, C62 WG64
Gerald D. Knorr, W82 WG86
J. Douglas Kramer, W92
Robert J. LeFort, Jr., C76
Charles B. Leitner III, C81
Catherine M. O'Hern Lyons, C86
Ellen V. Masseur, C90
Scott S. Meuser, W84
Anthony Noto, WG99
Jane D. Ott, W87
H. Elliott Rogers, Jr., C72 WG75
Jonathan D. Schwartz, W83
Adria M. Sheth, C97
John P. Shoemaker, C87
Howard A. Silverstein, W69
D. David Slosburg, W74
Tracey Pearl Specter, C84 LPS18
Jeffrey Charles Young, C86



David S. Pottruck, C70 WG72
George A. Weiss, W65 HON14