The Brookdale Board of Trustees welcomed a familiar face to the dais on Aug. 20, officially swearing in 2015 Brookdale graduate Paul Geissler as the board’s newest Graduate Trustee.
After taking his oath of office and receiving a rousing ovation from a crowd of Brookdale staff, faculty and family members, Geissler said he is excited to start working on behalf of the student body that elected him.
“It was slightly overwhelming, at first, but I am really learning a lot and I look forward to learning a lot more,” said Geissler, who began working as a member of the board’s Finance and Facilities Committee earlier this month.
“I still have that connection to Brookdale, so I want to use my voice and relay the voice of the student body as best I can. I will try, to the best of my ability, to accomplish as much as I can, and I think it will be a productive year.”
A Brookdale honors graduate and former president of the college’s Alpha Pi Theta honor society, Geissler was elected to serve on the board by one of the largest margins of victory in college history.
In a race against seven other candidates, he received more than 50 percent of the vote.
Board Chair Carl Guzzo Jr. remarked on Geissler’s impressive victory while welcoming him to the board, saying that the trustees are expecting big things from their newest member.
“Paul has already participated in one meeting – where he made some valuable contributions – and in a committee meeting, which he participated in for the entire two hours despite working all day,” Guzzo said.
“So we know he is going to enjoy his time here. We expect a lot out of him and we know he is going to do a great job.”
In addition to serving with Alpha Pi Theta – where he helped organized the club’s annual “Commit to Complete” outreach program – Geissler was a staunch advocate for volunteerism and student involvement on campus.
As part of his honors project he helped create the Brookdale Innovation Network, which allowed students and faculty from across the college to work together on a series of environmental projects. He is transferring to the Rutgers University School of Business in New Brunswick.
Geissler replaces former graduate trustee Jim McConnell of Wall.