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Statement from the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) Board Chairman Chris Santa Maria on the Retirement of Executive Director Glen Grell


Today, November 18, 2021, the PSERS Board accepted the future retirement of its Executive Director, Glen Grell, who will celebrate his 65th birthday at the end of December 2021.

Glen has served as PSERS Executive Director since 2015, after having served on the Board as a Trustee during his time in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Of his many accomplishments during his tenure as Executive Director, Glen has been a fierce advocate for fully funding PSERS, working with members of the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office to secure 100% of the annual required contribution each year since 2016. Glen led the implementation of a new defined contribution plan as required under legislation passed in 2017, as well as substantial technical upgrades to the pension administration system. Under Glen’s leadership the agency has become more user friendly, allowing PSERS members to complete transactions through the member self-service portal.

Glen shepherded the agency through an unprecedented global pandemic. This included swiftly and efficiently transitioning the staff to a remote work platform without missing a single monthly payment to any of its 236,000 annuitants.

Glen is completing his three-year term as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Council on Teacher Retirement.
Glen will transition to the position of Senior Advisor effective January 1, 2022, and will assist in the transition to a new Executive Director until February 28, 2022, when his retirement will be effective.

The PSERS Board would like to thank Glen for his years of service to PSERS’ members and annuitants and wishes him well in his future endeavors.

Effective immediately, the PSERS Board will commence a search for the Executive Director position. Since its founding in 1917, PSERS has been focused on serving the public school employees of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The PSERS Board takes great pride in fulfilling this mission, and we look forward to continuing our service to PSERS’ more than 500,000 members and beneficiaries.

Evelyn Williams
PSERS Director of Communications
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