Board Elects New Members and Officers

At the Annual Business Meeting at the KAPPA Spring 2019 Meeting new members were elected to the Board of Directors as some terms ended for roles to the Board.  Dan Barlup of the Pennsylvania Sate University, Harrisburg Campus, stepped down after serving his term as Past President.  Dan, a long time member of KAPPA, served as President in 2017-2018.  He is still active in KAPPA, with much of this time is being spent working as a member of the Host Committee for the upcoming ERAPPA conference in Erie.  Bob Uger of PASSHE completed his term as Director.  Bob is a long time member of KAPPA where he served for many years and lead the Professional Development selection for the Meetings. He will continue to be an active member of KAPPA and is currently serving as a Co-Chair of Professional Development for the Host Committee for the ERAPPA 2019 Conference. We thank both Dan and Bob for their committment and service to KAPPA.

Due to these terms ending and promotions of officers of the Board, vacant positions were filled during the elections.  Scott Albert of Slippery Rock University was elected to the Board as Second Vice President.  Brian Richards of the Community College of Allegheny County was elected as a Director.

Phillip MelnickPhillip Melnick, pictured left, of the Pennsylvania State University was promoted to President of the Board of Directors.  Jim Miller of Washington & Jefferson College will serve as Past President.  George Papuga of Carnegie Mellon University becomes the First Vice President.  Shannon Wetzel, from Carnegie Mellon University, was elected for a second term and will continue in her role as Secretary to the Board. Additionally, Erik Cagle of the Pennsylvania State University was appointed by the President to a one year term for the newly created Director position for IT and Technology.

Contact information for all of the Board members can be found here.

Message from the President

Phillip MelnickWelcome to Keystone Chapter of APPA

I am honored to serve as KAPPA’s President.  Participation and involvement are the keys to the success of our organization and I want to thank our members, their institutions, our business partners, and sponsors for their engagement and support.  Since 1991, KAPPA has been the leading advocate for professional development and education for members in the higher education facilities management profession in Pennsylvania.  Our mission is to connect our members, providing networking and educational opportunities as a platform to learn, grow, and succeed. 

Chart Your Course – Learn, Grow, Succeed is the motto of the 2019 ERAPPA Annual Meeting.  KAPPA is proud to be hosting ERAPPA 2019, in Erie, Pennsylvania, September 29 through October 2, 2019.   This premier facilities management conference is something you don’t want to miss.  I hope to see you there. 

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”— Chinese Proverb

I encourage all our members to advantage of what KAPPA and ERAPPA offer.  You get out of it what you put into it, so be involved.  I look forward to your future participation.  Please reach out to me at
if I can assist you in any way or if you have anything you would like to share with me.

More Scholarship Chances for Professional Development

Apply for KAPPA Scholarships

At the Spring 2019 Meeting , KAPPA announced the addition of scholarships to the “Norman H. Bedell Annual Scholarship” program as well as changes scholarship amounts. In addition the KAPPA Board approved new scholarships to help with the cost of attendance at ERAPPA Annual Meetings.

WIth the Bedell Annual Scholarship, you can attend APPA Professional Development Programs for no cost or close to no close.  This Scholarship offers the full cost of tuition/ registration and up to $2,500 for expenses of attending an APPA professional development program (Institute, Leadership Academy, Supervisor’s Toolkit, or the credentialing program). Recipients are selected and announced at the Annual Spring Business Meeting.

In addition to the APPA scholarship program, KAPPA will be offering two scholarships to attend the ERAPPA Annual Meeting. The scholarship will include registration costs and expenses up to $1,500.  One scholarship will be available for any institutional member that is a first time attendee or has not attended an ERAPPA Annual Meeting in the past five (5) years. One scholarship will be available for any institutional member that wishes to attend the ERAPPA Annual Meeting.

For more detailsabout these scholarships and how to apply, see the Scholarship page.