Hanes to lead Commonwealth Campuses

University Park, Pa. -- Madlyn L. Hanes, chancellor and professor of education at Penn State Harrisburg, will become the next vice president for Commonwealth Campuses at Penn State. Hanes will replace John J. Romano, who is retiring June 30 after 42 years of service to the University. (See http://live.psu.edu/story/43368 online.) Pending approval from the Board of Trustees, she will begin her position July 1.

"Dr. Hanes' many years in leadership roles at three very different Penn State campuses gives her the first-hand perspective and insight into campus relationships with each other and with University Park that make her the ideal person for this position," said Penn State President Graham B. Spanier.

"Madlyn has become a national leader on important higher education issues, and her extensive knowledge and experience will be of great benefit to Penn State in her new role," added Executive Vice President and Provost Rod Erickson.

In 2000, Hanes was appointed provost and dean of Penn State Harrisburg, the Capital College. There, she oversaw an enrollment of more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, a curriculum portfolio of 34 baccalaureate, 22 master's and three doctoral degrees, a resident faculty of 200, a general funds budget of $41 million and annual research expenditures of more than $4 million. From 1997 to 2005, Penn State Schuylkill was a member campus of the Capital College. Her title was changed to chancellor in 2005.

In her new role, Hanes will be the academic and administrative leader for 19 predominately undergraduate Penn State campuses across the state and is responsible for strategic initiatives and development of the campuses, resource sharing, student recruitment and retention strategies, and promoting curricular integration across the entire University. In addition to Penn State Harrisburg, the campuses under the leadership of the vice president are Penn State Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Erie, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton and York.

"The Commonwealth campuses and colleges advance the University's mission and vision in unique and significant ways and I look forward to serving them in my new role," said Hanes. "I have had the good fortune of serving in leadership posts at wonderful campuses for the last 22 years; this new opportunity is a capstone in my tenure with the University."

Hanes has been in various leadership roles at Penn State since 1988. Before arriving at Penn State Harrisburg, she was campus executive officer at Penn State Great Valley from 1997-2000; director of Academic Affairs at Penn State Delaware County (now Brandywine) from 1988-1997; and chief academic officer at Penn State Great Valley Graduate Center in 1995-96. Before coming to Penn State, she held various faculty and academic administrative positions with the University of South Carolina, Eastern Michigan University and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

From 1999 to 2000, Hanes was on a leave of absence from Penn State Great Valley to act as senior adviser to the chancellor and Board of Regents at the University System of Georgia. There, she represented the chancellor and Board of Regents on a joint initiative with the governor and the governor's Office of Planning & Budget to conduct the University System of Georgia Benchmarking and Management Review of its 34 public colleges and universities.

Hanes is well-published, having authored two books and numerous curriculum guides, monographs and book chapters, and journal articles. She also has authored more than 50 technical reports to sponsors of funded initiatives, and education agencies and professional associations for commissioned work. She has presented more than 200 papers and 100 invited addresses/panel discussions at national and international professional meetings, seminars and roundtables.

Hanes earned a bachelor of arts degree in education with majors in English and speech from the University of Florida; a master's of art in speech/language pathology from the University of Florida; a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Florida; and a Certificate of Clinical Competency in speech-language pathology from the Professional Services Board (National Licensing Board) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Hanes received the Administrative Excellence award from Penn State in 1998, and in 2008, the University of Florida named her the University Distinguished Alumnus.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010