College of Ag Sciences names assistant dean for multicultural affairs

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Patreese Ingram, professor of agricultural and extension education, has been named assistant dean for multicultural affairs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, effective July 1.
   
Bruce McPheron, dean of the college, explained that Ingram's appointment to the newly created position will help the college proactively address diversity issues and opportunities.

"Fostering diversity is a strategic priority and core value of our academic and outreach missions," he said. "This position will serve as a focal point for coordinating and enhancing multicultural initiatives across the college."

McPheron noted that Ingram has been recognized within the college and nationally for her efforts in promoting diversity. "Her scholarly background and her passion for creating opportunities for cultural understanding make her the ideal person to lead the college in this area," he said.

In her new role, Ingram will chair the college Diversity Coordinating Council, administer implementation of the college's 2010-2015 Framework to Foster Diversity, oversee the creation of diversity committees in the academic departments, handle civil rights issues and reporting, and act as liaison with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Civil Rights Compliance Office.

In addition, she will work to increase the diversity of candidate pools for faculty positions, create and expand diversity-related professional-development opportunities, promote the creation of diversity-related student programs, and encourage the recruitment and participation of underrepresented students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Ingram joined the college's faculty as an assistant professor of agricultural and extension education, with a focus on diversity education, in 1995. She was named associate professor in 2002 and achieved the rank of full professor in 2009. From 2009 to 2010, she was an administrative fellow to the University's executive vice president and provost.

She has designed several programs to increase awareness and acceptance of differences and to enhance the public's ability to relate effectively with populations that differ in age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical or mental ability, race, sexual orientation and religious practices.

Her awards and honors include the 2000 National Award for Diversity, given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for exceptional leadership in diversity education, and the 2006 College of Agricultural Sciences Diversity Achievement Award, which honors faculty and staff who encourage the valuing, understanding and promotion of diversity through their professional work.

Ingram came to Penn State from the public school system in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she spent three years as a research and evaluation specialist. From 1981 to 1991, she held several positions at the Kent Career Technical Center in Grand Rapids, including student services coordinator, assistant principal and principal.

Previously, she was a teacher at Caledonia High School and Grand Rapids Metro Education Center. She began her career as an extension home economist in Flint, Mich.

Ingram received a bachelor's degree in home economics education from Baldwin-Wallace College, a master's degree in community service from Michigan State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.
 

Last Updated June 29, 2012