Last week at the annual “Be A Part From the Start,”, Penn State’s Homecoming Executive Committee made the highly anticipated announcement that Lara Spencer, co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” was selected as the 2014 Homecoming Grand Marshal.
Aside from serving as a co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” Spencer also is the author of “I Brake For Yard Sales,” a New York Times bestseller in which she shares her knowledge and passion for interior design. Spencer also is creator and producer of the HGTV series, “Flea Market Flip.”
Madison Benfield, alumni relations director for Homecoming 2014, said that the decision to choose Spencer was an easy one for the committee to make. As an Alumni Relations Director Benfield said her responsibility is to organize the selection process for the Grand Marshal as well as serve as a liaison between that individual and Homecoming.
“Over winter break I developed a list of alumni that could be potential Grand Marshals and after doing a lot of research on each one, I narrowed my list down to five individuals,” says Benfield. “I presented those individuals to the rest of the Homecoming Executive Committee and we ultimately selected Lara for the job.”
Spencer is a graduate of the Penn State Class of 1991, where she earned a degree in broadcast journalism in the College of Communications and led a successful athletic career as an All-American diver.
Benfield mentioned that Spencer fully embodies the spirit she was looking for when going through the process of selecting the right person for the esteemed role.
“Through her career as a Penn State student, diver, and business woman, Lara lives out the Homecoming theme of ‘Honor The Purpose, Carry The Pride’,” says Benfield.
Upon returning to University Park for the Homecoming 2014 festivities, Spencer will be featured in the Homecoming parade and also be recognized at half time of the Homecoming football game against Northwestern.
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