Anne Riley was elected to the Board of Trustees by the alumni for a three-year term beginning July 1997. She was reelected for succeeding terms.
She served as chair of the Educational Policy Committee on the Board and as chair for the Committee on Campus Environment.
Ms. Riley graduated from Penn State in the College of the Liberal Arts with a B.A. in English in 1964 and an M.A. in English in 1975. She taught English at State College High School for thirty-one years and enjoyed sharing academic and cultural life with her students. Using Penn State resources in her classes kept her knowledgeable about college programs, course offerings, and enrichment opportunities and allowed her to open a few Penn State doors for prospective college undergraduates. Additionally teaching in the local community became helpful preparation for her work as a trustee and volunteer.
A native of Centre County, Ms. Riley is a former president of the Penn State Alumni Association. She served on its Council and Executive Board for eighteen years, during which time she was part of the building committee for the Hintz Family Alumni Center. She helped to establish the Alumni Association's Penn State Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award and to expand international alumni programs, specifically Penn State/UK/Cambridge.
At Penn State, Ms. Riley is chair of the Board of Visitors for the Center for Sports Journalism in the College of Communications. She is also a member of the Board of Visitors for the English Department in the College of the Liberal Arts. She serves on the Board of the Penn State Renaissance Fund, for which she is chair of the Scholarship Committee.
In the community, she is a member of the board of the Mount Nittany Conservancy. She serves on the Community Advisory Board for Nittany Bank, and is a member of the State College Literary Club.
Ms. Riley received the Lion's Paw Medal for service to the University in 2004 and the Alumni Service to Penn State Award in the College of the Liberal Arts in 1998. She is an Honorary Lion Ambassador.