Ben Novak Papers, 1962-2000

1082

Collection Overview

Title:
Ben Novak papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1962-2000
Abstract:
College attorney Ben Novak, graduated from Penn State in 1965, helped found the Mount Nittany Conservancy, and served on the Penn State Board of Trustees (1988-20State 00)
Abstract:
This collection documents Ben Novakrsquo;s leadership in Centre County and Penn State affairs, including the founding of Centre Community Legal Services and the Mount Nittany Conservancy. It documents his support for fraternity life and undergraduate education, conservative journalism, and his opposition to Penn Statersquo;s affirmative action policy.
Collection Number:
1082
Size:
5 Cubic feet
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Ben Novak, born in 1943 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, attended Penn State where he served as president of the Undergraduate Student Government, graduating in 1965. He also graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1968. He served one year in Vietnam, and returned to found the law firm Novak, Stover and McCarty (later Novak, Stover, and Furst), of State College. Novak was one of the founders of the Mount Nittany Conservancy (1981) and its president in 1983. He worked with student leaders in the fraternity system and student government, and founded The Other Half, Inc. which published the conservative student newspaper, The Lionhearted. He was elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees (1988-2000) where he opposed Penn Statersquo;s affirmative action policy and promoted increased emphasis on undergraduate teaching. Novak continued working as a student life consultant with a variety of groups at Penn State.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ben Novak Papers (1082), Penn State University Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

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Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Genre(s)

  • Audio

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