The Pennsylvania Society elects its first female president

Members of The Pennsylvania Society Thursday today elected Elizabeth Preate Havey as its next president.

She is the first woman to lead the organization, which elected her unanimously at its annual meeting in Harrisburg.

Preate Havey succeeds Edward Sheehan Jr., who served as president since 2020. Formed in 1899, the Pennsylvania Society has more than 2,000 members in the Commonwealth, United States and around the world and is the largest such organization old in the country. , says a press release.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Pennsylvania Society and thank our members for their confidence in me,” said Preate Havey, who will serve a two-year term. “I would especially like to thank Ed Sheehan who has done a masterful job, together with our Managing Director Julien Scranton, in successfully leading the Company over these past two tumultuous years. The Pennsylvania Society has always been a member-driven organization that seeks to honor achievement and reward excellence in our great Commonwealth. I look forward to working with the board and our talented staff to ensure the Pennsylvania Society is a welcoming organization for all Pennsylvanians.

Preate Havey is a partner at the law firm Dilworth Paxson LLP, where she represents corporations and non-profit organizations such as the National Constitution Center providing general corporate and transactional advice. In addition to her transactional practice, Liz assists clients with their government relations needs, utilizing her longstanding professional relationships with key political players at the local, state and federal levels.

She is also active in the community, currently serving as a leading member of the Pa. Economic Development Financing Authority, the Pa. Convention Center Authority, the Belmont Charter School Network and the Mid Penn Bank Advisory Board. Additionally, she is the Montgomery County Republican Committee Chair and Pennsylvania Republican Party Secretary. She is a member of the Women’s Executive Forum and served on the 2020 Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel.

She is the daughter of Ernie Preate, the former Pennsylvania Attorney General and Lackawanna County District Attorney.

“The company is in excellent hands with Liz at the helm,” Sheehan said. “I look forward to working with Liz and other board members to continue to uphold the company’s pillars of community, charity and civility.”


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