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McKeesport Alum, Brewster Staffer Appointed Cal Trustee

Harrisburg - Dec. 15, 2015 - Sarah Cassin, a McKeesport and California University of Pennsylvania alum, who serves as legislative director to state Sen. Jim Brewster has been approved as the newest member of the Council of Trustees of California University of Pennsylvania.

SarahCassinThe Senate unanimously confirmed Cassin's nomination on Dec. 9. She was recommended for the position by Brewster and nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf in May. Brewster has been seeking appointments to state boards for qualified residents from his district.

"Sarah has been heavily involved in university activities and will be a superb member of the council of trustees," Brewster said. "She excelled academically and athletically as a student at the school and has years of experience in government.

"Her comprehensive knowledge of state government and university operations will be very useful in crafting visionary policies."

Cassin graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 1997 with a degree in Secondary Education/Comprehensive Social Sciences. While at Cal, she participated in women's softball for four years. The team won a national championship in Cassin's senior year.

After several years as a substitute teacher at Baldwin High School, softball coach and program instructor at Allegheny Valley School, Cassin joined Gov. Ed Rendell's administration in Harrisburg.

She served various roles with the Rendell administration including executive assistant to the deputy chief of staff and assistant director of the governor's press office. Since 2011, Cassin has worked in Brewster's Harrisburg office as legislative director. She is responsible for developing legislation and managing committee functions.

Brewster said he was pleased that Cassin was selected by the governor for the position.

"Sarah will be a tremendous asset to the university," Brewster said. "The governor made a wonderful choice."

Cassin's term on the Council of Trustees expires on June 3, 2019.

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