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Who's Who in Who's Choosing the Next Penn State President

by on February 12, 2013 11:45 AM

Penn State President Rodney Erickson intends to retire by June 30, 2014 and with the ushering in of 2013, the search for the next university president is under way. 

Now, who are they?

Today, we introduce you to the Search and Screen committee, comprised of 18 members who will help the Board of Trustees' Presidential Search Committee. 

The board intends to announce a candidate by the summer. 

    Ann CrouterAnn (Nan) Crouter, who serves as the committee chairwoman, is dean of the College of Health and Human Development. She is the co-director of the Penn State Family Relationships Project and is a member of a team of researchers studying gender socialization, called 'The Juntos (together) Project.' Crouter is helping lead the Work, Family and Health Network and the Penn State Hotel Initiative. Crouter received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Learn more about Dr. Crouter here.

    Daniel HagenDaniel Hagen is the committee vice chairman and is the immediate past-chair of the Penn State University Faculty Senate. Hagen is a professor of dairy and animal sciences in College of Agricultural Sciences. He received his B.S. and his Ph. D. from the University of Illinois. Hagen is a member of several professional societies and has received honors such as "Who's Who in the East" and the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Learn More about Hagen here.

    Jalon Alexander is president of the Penn State Mont Alto Student Government Association and is an undergraduate student in Letters, Arts, and Sciences. 

    Brian Aynardi Brian Aynardi is a Graduate Student Association University Faculty Senate Representative and a graduate student studying for his Ph.D. in plant pathology and environmental microbiology. Learn more about Aynardi here

    larry backer Larry Backer is the current chair of the Penn State Faculty Senate and professor of international affairs and law in the Dickinson School of Law. Backer is a W. Richard and Mary Eshelman Faculty Scholar and researches globalization. Professor Backer is a member of the American Law Institute and the European Corporate Governance Institute. He received his J.D. from Columbia University. Learn more about Backer here

    Robert Edwards Robert Edwards is an Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the College of the Liberal Arts. He received his A.B., M.A., and Ph. D. from the University of California at Riverside. Edwards is a distinguished scholar in Medieval literary studies and received the Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts and Humanities in 1993. He served as director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and as Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department. The university honored him with the Graduate Program Outstanding Leadership Award for his extraordinary service. Learn more about Edwards here

    shaun gabbidon Shaun Gabbidon is a Distinguished Professor of criminal justice at Penn State Harrisburg and is the program coordinator for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Dr. Gabbidon has served as a fellow at Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, and has taught at the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

The author of more than 100 scholarly publications including nearly 60 peer-reviewed articles and 11 books, his most recent books include Race and Crime (3rd edition; 2012, SAGE) and the co-authored book, A Theory of African American Offending (2011; Routledge). Professor Gabbidon currently serves as the Founding Editor of the SAGE journal, Race and Justice: An International Journal. The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Gabbidon was most recently awarded the 2009 W.E.B. Du Bois Award from the Western Society of Criminology and the 2011 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Learn more about Dr. Gabbidon here


    david hall David Hall is dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology and chair of the Academic Leadership Council. Dr. Hall received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Penn State and leads the Center for Network Centric Cognition and Information Fusion. Previously he was the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, where he was responsible for overseeing IST's Ph.D. and Master's Degree programs as well as research grant administration and leadership of IST faculty research efforts. Dr. Hall has more than 25 years of experience. Learn more about him here

    david han David Han is an associate professor of surgery and radiology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and specializes in vascular surgery. Dr. Han received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and was the recipient of the Patient's Choice Award (2008-10) and was named a Penn State University Alumni Fellow in 2011. Learn more about Dr. Han here

    Madlyn Hanes is the vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and is the University's senior officer responsible for oversight of Penn State's 19 undergraduate campuses. In this capacity, she is charged with developing regional clusters of activity and resource sharing among Penn State campuses in order to facilitate programmatic collaboration, cost savings, and more effective use of resources. As Dean, she provides academic leadership on curricular matters and promotion and tenure review for the 14 campuses not currently having College status. Learn more about Hanes here

    thomas mallouk Thomas Mallouk is an Evan Pugh Professor of materials chemistry and physics in the Eberly College of Science. He heads the Mallouk Research Group and received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. He has received several awards, including the Schreyer Honors College Teaching Award in 2007. Learn more about Dr. Mallouk here

    Katelyn Mullen is the 2012-13 vice president of the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) and is an undergraduate student in marketing and public relations.

    brian orlandBrian Orland is a Distinguished Professor of landscape architecture, College of Arts and Architecture. Orland has been at Penn State since 2000. Before that, from 1982-2000, he was Professor of Landscape Architecture and Coordinator of the Imaging Systems Laboratory at the University of Illinois. During 1989 and 1996 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He was a Faculty Fellow at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in 1998-99. Orland has been a registered architect since 1977. Learn more about Orland here

    Margaret Slattery Margaret Slattery is an assistant professor of bioengineering and undergraduate program coordinator in bioengineering in the College of Engineering. Dr. Slattery received her Ph.D. in bioengineering in 2006 from Penn State. Dr. Slattery is affiliated with the Artificial Heart and Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Laboratories in the Bioengineering department. She contributes to studies designed to better understand blood damage, in particular hemolysis, and thrombogenicity of cardiovascular devices. She teaches the First-Year Seminars in Bioengineering as well as Bio-thermodynamics and Transport Phenomena. Dr. Slattery is active in promoting, supporting, and participating in Women in Engineering Programs. She is also a faculty adviser for the Society of Women Engineers student group. Learn more about Dr. Slattery here

    kathleen smarilli Kathleen Smarilli is president of the Penn State Alumni Association and a partner, Murphy McCormack Capital Advisors. Smarilli was first elected to Alumni Council in 2004 and has served on the Executive Board and chaired the Budget & Finance Committee. As vice president, Smarilli helped establish and chaired the Alumni Association's first Subcommittee on Investments. Smarilli previously served as chair of Penn State Harrisburg's Board of Advisors and president of the Liberal Arts Alumni Society, among other Penn State leadership positions. Smarilli is a partner with Murphy McCormack Capital Advisors in Lancaster, Pa. Previously, she was regional president for Wachovia Bank's central Pennsylvania market. Learn more about Smarilli here

    Coquese Washington Coquese Washington is the head coach of Penn State Lady Lions Basketball. Washington is the fifth head coach of the women's basketball team and became the first female African-American head coach in Penn State history. In 2001, she helped lead Notre Dame, her Alma Mater where she received her undergraduate degree and her Juris Doctorate, to a national championship. She was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year (2011-12) and led the Lady Lions to a No. 4 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Learn more about Washington here

    Timothy Whitehill is an applications system analyst manager in the University Budget Office. 

    Brenton Yarnal Brenton Yarnal is chair-elect (2013-14) of the University Faculty Senate and a professor of geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Dr. Yarnal received his Ph.D. in 1982 from Simon Fraser University and his research interests include global change in local places, climate variation and change, land-use/land-cover change, environmental hazards and coupled human-environment systems. Learn more about Dr. Yarnal here

The Board of Trustees announced Presidential Selection Council membership during its November meeting. The committee is made up of only board members and is leading the charge in selecting the president. 

In January, Karen Peetz stepped down as board chair and Keith Masser was voted as the next board chair. 

The members are: 

  • Keith W. Eckel, Sole Proprietor and President, Fred W. Eckel Sons Farms Inc.
  • Ira M. Lubert, Chairman and Co-Founder, Independence Capital Partners and Lubert Adler Partners LP
  • Keith E. Masser, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sterman Masser Inc.
  • Karen B. Peetz, Vice Chairman, CEO of Financial Markets and Treasury Services, Bank of New York Mellon
  • Linda B. Strumpf, retired Chief Investment Officer, The Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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