Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, seeks chancellor

Penn State is seeking candidates for the position of chancellor of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The chancellor serves as the chief executive officer and principal academic leader of the college and is responsible for the quality of academic programs in teaching, research, and service; strategic planning; budgeting; philanthropy; faculty and staff development; outreach; and alumni relations.

The position requires an individual who can lead a campus that is part of a 24-campus, student-centered, comprehensive research university. Penn State is the land-grant university of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, serving over 90,000 students. In addition to providing academic and administrative leadership to Penn State Erie, the chancellor is a key executive of the University and serves as a member of the Academic Leadership Council and Council of Campus Chancellors. The successful candidate will be an experienced leader with an entrepreneurial outlook who is able to take charge of an effective and thriving campus, and is capable of providing leadership for higher education in the region. Demonstrated success in fundraising is essential. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Students and faculty enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the college’s 725-acre campus in the suburbs of Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city. The institution’s 4,600 students can choose from 34 baccalaureate majors and 22 minors, six associate degree programs, and two masters programs: business administration and project management. The college is administratively organized into four schools: Black School of Business; engineering; humanities and social sciences; and science. Two undergraduate nursing programs have recently been implemented. There are 240 full-time and 57 part-time faculty.

Penn State Erie has developed multiple vibrant partnerships with business and industry. The campus includes Knowledge Park at Penn State Erie, a 200-acre research and development park that builds upon the college’s strengths in applied research and technology transfer.

There are over 50 buildings on campus, including campus housing for 1,650 students. Other campus facilities include an athletics and recreation center, chapel, observatory and child care center. The newest academic building, the 160,000-square-foot Research and Economic Development Center, is the first facility in the country to house both the schools of business and engineering under one roof.

Campus life is enriched by more than 100 clubs and organizations and by award-winning speaker and chamber music events. A strong NCAA Division III athletics program features 21 varsity teams that compete in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

Send nominations, applications, and inquiries to Lisa Squire, senior director, Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses, 111 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802. Applications or nominations also may be sent by e-mail to Review of applications will begin in mid-October and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, visit Penn State Behrend's Web site at or send an e-mail to

Last Updated September 10, 2009