Statement by the President on the Passing of Alumnus Jesse Arnelle, Trustee and First Black Student Body President

October 26th, 2020

Today, Penn State celebrates the life of Trustee, alumnus, social justice champion, and basketball legend Jesse Arnelle, who passed on Oct. 21. Arnelle left his mark as Penn State’s first Black Student Body President and first Black member and chair of PSU’s Board of Trustees.

Arnelle’s commitment to service and spirit for activism will live on forever. He will continue to serve as an inspiration and role model in our hearts, as we push for a more equitable and just future here at Penn State.

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