County Commissioner Archie Trader Exchanges Ideas with Stover Scholars

County Commissioner Archie Trader Exchanges Ideas with Stover Scholars

Greene County Board of Commissioners’ Vice Chairman Archie Trader met with Waynesburg University Stover Scholars Wednesday, Feb. 29, to discuss his path into politics and the importance of becoming involved in the community.

Trader, who has been a Greene County Commissioner since 2008, urged the undergraduate students from a range of university disciplines to volunteer whenever possible and to always do their best. “Get involved in your local government and community,” Trader said. “The only way you can make changes is to be involved.”

Over lunch, Trader shared his experiences with the group. They include serving with Weyerhaeuser Company in a range of capacities, including roof sweeper at the beginning and manager prior to retiring, raising sheep, owning a business and his current position of commissioner.

The Stover Scholars, chosen for their interest in the relationship between the U.S. Constitution and Christian Ethics, asked Commissioner Trader questions on topics ranging from his opinion on the local economy and future development in Greene County to the challenges of marriage and owning a business.

“Commissioner Trader’s life story as a businessman, civic and church leader, and now government official dedicated to giving to Pennsylvania and improving Greene County, is an inspiration to us all,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

Trader also urged the Stover Scholars to take their university education seriously. “Whatever you do in life, you’re going to be blessed because you have an education,” Trader said. “It’s so wonderful to see the eagerness you have.”