Dr. Nancy L. Herron
It is a pleasure that I greet you in the New Year of 2014.
It has been 14 years since I last called this campus home and despite Thomas Wolfe’s message in his 1940s posthumous novel, You Can’t Go Home Again, the truth is, you really can.
Many of you I know. For those that I do not, I hope we are able to meet personally very soon. Please stop in the Chancellor’s office to say “hello” and introduce yourself.
Here are a few things that you might want to know since we are to be colleagues and collaborators.
All of my professional academic career has been spent with Penn State except for a brief period as a master’s and doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh. My professional pathway began at Penn State McKeesport in 1984 when I was hired as Head Librarian while completing a dissertation. After several years I moved into academic administration after serving in an Administrative Fellowship at University Park in the Office of the President. I returned to the campus after that year, earned full professional rank and tenure. I was appointed Director of Academic Affairs and served 8 years at the campus. I was then appointed Associate Dean for Academic Programs for the Commonwealth College, moved to University Park where I served in the Office of the Vice-President for Commonwealth Campuses managing curricular processes and procedures. After 13 years I left University Park as Associate Vice President of Commonwealth Campuses serving under Vice President Madlyn Hanes. While most of my work has been centered on academic policy and procedure, much time was also spent on student issues including such initiatives as developing learning tools such as a university-wide Early Progress reporting system and building along with the Schreyer Institute a working definition of teaching excellence in higher education. I have chaired the University Commission for Women, the Academic Committee on Undergraduate Education (ACUE), and worked closely with faculty and staff at all campuses to expand teaching and learning opportunities for academic programming in many different disciplines, in international education, and in outreach.
Please know too that during this time of transition, I am here for you and ask for your help in preserving the strong tradition of academic excellence in teaching and learning forged by this campus over the last decades.
Nancy L. Herron, Ph.D.
Interim Chancellor, Penn State Greater Allegheny