President McKay Announces His Nominee for Chief Justice of the University Park Undergraduate Association



For Immediate Release

November 25th, 2020

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Today, UPUA President Zachary McKay announced his intent to nominate Jordan Shane Zaia to be Chief Justice of the Judicial Board of the University Park Undergraduate Association.

On nominating Zaia, President McKay said: “While the processes, traditions, and even names of the Judicial Board have varied throughout our campus’ student government history, the practice of nominating Justices to the Judicial Board has always been a responsibility of University Park Student Body Presidents. As UPUA President, this is a responsibility I do not take lightly. After a series of interviews conducted by the Chief Justice and myself, I am convinced Jordan has what it takes to lead the Judicial Board with integrity, confidence, and respect, recognizing his place as – as he says – ‘first among equals,’ but above none. I look forward to seeing his nomination considered and voted on by the General Assembly at the next available opportunity to begin the transition process from outgoing to incoming Chief Justice.”

On being nominated for Chief Justice, Zaia said: “I am honored to receive this nomination for the opportunity to potentially serve my fellow students at the school that has become my home this past year and a half. If confirmed, I will work tirelessly to ensure that the Judicial Board is making effective and equitable decisions.”

On Chief Justice Rachel Schuchman’s departure, President McKay said: “Chief Justice Schuchman has served the Judicial Board, the UPUA, and the undergraduate student body with the utmost integrity, professionalism, and care. Time and time again, she has raised the bar in what it means to practice servant leadership, and I am grateful to have spent the time I’ve been granted learning from her and her experience. I know that she will continue to do great things, mentoring others along the way, and consistently giving back to those around her. I truly wish her all the best, and congratulate her on her graduation from Penn State following the Fall 2020 semester. 

Jordan Shane Zaia Bio

Jordan is in his second year at Penn State pursuing B.A. degrees in both Political Science and History along with a minor in Labor and Human Resources and a Legal Studies certificate. Jordan is a Paterno Fellow in the Schreyer Honors College and plans to attend law school after graduation. On campus, Jordan serves as the Administrative Director for the Penn State Mock Trial Association, Founding President for the Penn State Moot Court Association, and Alumni Relations Chairman for the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity. Jordan is an out of state student from Long Island, NY where he attended Massapequa High School.