Schultz returns to fill interim senior VP post; nominations sought

Gary C. Schultz, who retired from Penn State in 2009 after nearly 40 years of service, has been named interim senior vice president for Finance and Business while the University conducts a national search to fill the position. Schultz fills the vacancy left by Al Horvath, who has accepted a position at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. (

President Graham Spanier has named a 12-person search advisory committee headed by Tom Poole, vice president for administration, to examine potential candidates. The University has retained Brill Neumann Executive Search Consulting to assist in the national search for this position. Nominations for the position are encouraged and may be sent to Brill Neumann at or Tom Poole at

Schultz served as senior vice president for finance and business from 1995 until his retirement and led the division that includes the offices of Human Resources, Physical Plant, University Police, Investment Management, Auxiliary and Business Services, Corporate Controller, University Budget, Legal Services and Commonwealth Campus Business Operations.

“We are grateful to Gary for interrupting his retirement and stepping back into this position,” said Spanier. “His leadership during this transition will be extremely beneficial and allow us to conduct a deliberate search for the best candidate. His distinguished career at Penn State and his in-depth knowledge of the University makes him an excellent choice to oversee operations once again that allow the critical work of the University to continue."

Schultz, who earned a bachelor's and master’s degree in industrial engineering from Penn State, began his career with the University in 1971 and through 1995 handled various administrative responsibilities related to business operations, finance and technology, before being named to the vice president role in 1995.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015