Search under way for chancellor at Penn State Mont Alto

MONT ALTO, Pa. -- Penn State currently is seeking candidates for chancellor of the Mont Alto campus. David C. Gnage, chancellor at the campus since January 2002, announced in September that he would retire at the end of the 2012-13 academic year.

The chancellor serves as the chief executive and academic leader of the campus, and is responsible for the quality of academic programs; stewardship of the teaching, research and service mission; strategic planning; budgeting; philanthropy; faculty and staff development, recruitment and evaluation; outreach; and alumni relations. The chancellor is a key executive of the University and serves as a member of the Academic Leadership Council and Council of Campus Chancellors. The successful candidate will be an experienced, entrepreneurial leader, with an accomplished record as an academic administrator and a demonstrated commitment to community engagement and fundraising. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The tree-lined, 93-acre Mont Alto campus is at the base of the Michaux Forest in south central Pennsylvania, one hour from Harrisburg and 90 minutes from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Current enrollment is 1,100, of which 25 percent are adults. Three on-campus residence halls provide housing for 460. There are 56 full-time and 58 part-time faculty. Five baccalaureate, four minors and eight associate degrees are offered. Students may also complete the first two years of nearly all of Penn State's more than 160 baccalaureate degrees at Mont Alto and move on to another Penn State campus to complete their studies.

Under Gnage’s leadership, Mont Alto increased degree options, doubled the size of the nursing program and expanded to deliver degree programs to five off-campus sites. After retirement, he plans to live with his wife, Marie Foster Gnage, who is the president of West Virginia University of Parkersburg.

Nominations, applications and inquiries can be sent to the Search Committee of the Chancellor of Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State University, 111 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802. The committee would also be pleased to receive applications or nominations by email at A review of applications is under way, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1 or earlier if possible.

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Last Updated January 21, 2013