Chief Academic Officer At Penn State University

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I appreciate the opportunity to be considered as a candidate for the position of Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer at Penn State Greater Allegheny. Over my long academic career I have had opportunities to gain a wide variety of experiences that prepared me well for this position. My current position is Dean of the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences at Clayton State University, a 4-year comprehensive state university in the University System of Georgia. As the chief academic officer for the College, I am responsible for leading the college forward in the areas of curriculum development and assessment, providing support for faculty and student development, managing a budget of over $3M, evaluation of faculty and staff productivity, and aligning college priorities to the University’s mission and strategic plan. Clayton State has a student population of around 7000 students, many of whom are first generation, non-traditional (average age 28), minority (more than 65%) and from low socioeconomic backgrounds. My college houses two departments, Computer Science & Information Technology and Mathematics, comprised of 32 full-time faculty, around 20 part time faculty and three staff members. In addition, a unique Master of Archival Studies, which focuses on digital records preservation is housed in my college. We offer an associate of applied science degree, 6 baccalaureate degree programs (one of which is completely online) and two master’s degree programs. Clayton State University’s mission emphasizes engaged learning and community service. In 2015, Clayton State received Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. In my college, we have a number of outreach efforts through the public school and community/corporate p... ... middle of paper ... ...iding avenues to award credit for learning outside the community can help adult learners succeed in obtaining that long-elusive degree or in re-tooling for a new career. Leveraging technology to expand institutional “reach” can serve to expand access. Developing programs to meet regional workforce needs and through partnerships with regional industries and employers, build experiential learning opportunities can help fill the “skills gap” so that students will be career-ready upon completion of their college credential. Penn State Greater Allegheny plays a major role in providing quality educational opportunities in the first two years so that students can transfer to and be successful in one of the institutions in the Penn State network of campuses. I would welcome the opportunity to further explore the Penn State Greater Allegheny community and this key position.

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