Penn State York chancellor honored at event

Comedian Earl David Reed was the highlight of a retirement celebration for Joel. M. Rodney, chancellor of Penn State York, on May 18 when more than 150 friends, community supporters, campus community members and University representatives gathered to honor him. The event began with a reception and concluded with a roast of the chancellor, who will be retiring from Penn State on July 31. During the program, Reed poked fun at Rodney and members of the audience. In the end, Reed thanked Rodney for his friendship and his outstanding work at Penn State.

Speakers at the event, in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center on campus, included Madlyn Hanes, vice president of the Commonwealth Campuses; Donald A. Gogniat, former campus executive officer at Penn State York; Holly Gumke, director of business services at the campus; and Elizabeth Dellinger, the chairwoman of the Penn State York Advisory Board. In addition to her own comments, Hanes shared comments from Penn State President Graham Spanier and Rodney Erickson, the University's executive vice president and provost.

The evening concluded with Dellinger presenting flowers to Judy Rodney and a memory book of photos, letters and cards to the chancellor that represents his more than eight years at the campus.

Rodney, 73, joined Penn State York in March 2003 and made his retirement announcement to faculty and staff at the annual campus orientation last August.

Although he is retiring from Penn State, he has accepted an appointment as visiting director of global partnerships for the University of South Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland, Fla., which he begins on Aug. 1.

Lisa Ann Plowfield, dean and professor of the College of Nursing at Florida State University, has been named as the new chancellor at Penn State York effective Aug. 1.

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Last Updated January 10, 2015