As noted in a May 9, 2009, article published in the Centre Daily Times, Labor and Employment attorney James J. Sullivan, Jr. is one of 12 candidates running for a seat on Penn State University's Board of Trustees. Sullivan, a shareholder in Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Wilmington office, earned a bachelor's in labor studies from Penn State in 1977 and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1980.

According to the article, there are three open seats on the 32-member board.