Assistant dean for graduate studies appointed at Penn State Harrisburg

Peter Idowu has been appointed assistant dean for graduate studies at Penn State Harrisburg.

The position, designed to support the growth of the campus' graduate programs and serve as a liaison with the University Graduate School, “reinforces Penn State Harrisburg’s commitment to graduate education and consolidates its role as a regional leader in the field,” said Chancellor Mukund Kulkarni.

Idowu received his doctorate from the University of Toledo in 1989. In 1993, he became assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State Harrisburg. Since then, Idowu has served as associate professor of electrical engineering and director of the college’s master’s programs in electrical engineering, engineering management and engineering science.

Idowu has held multiple leadership roles within Penn State. He chaired the Penn State Graduate Council Committee on Programs and Courses, the body responsible for reviewing and recommending new program proposals and changes, created and chaired the Graduate Technical Advisory Committee, and contributed as an appointed member to a University-wide committee to evaluate graduate programs and a University task force for reviewing professional master’s degrees nationwide. In 2007, Idowu was named administrative fellow to the executive vice president and provost, a yearlong leadership development experience under the mentorship of Rodney Erickson, now Penn State’s president. Idowu’s work also was instrumental in the development of two new programs for the campus, the master of science in electrical engineering and the master of professional studies in engineering management.

“Peter has extensive leadership experience,” said Kulkarni. “He represents the rich cadre of talented faculty within the college. I look forward to working with him to advance graduate education.”

“I have enjoyed working with our graduate students over the past 10 years and look forward to advancing graduate programs at the college. My vision in this new role is to continue to add more flexibility in our program structures and delivery to accommodate the needs of full- and part-time students,” said Idowu. “I also plan to continue the college’s longstanding practice of developing new programs that respond to needs within the region.”

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Last Updated February 20, 2012