Jean McGrath retires after 22 years at Penn State

University Park, Pa. — Jean McGrath, senior director of Adult Learner Services, will retire July 31 after 22 years with Penn State. During her career, she focused her leadership efforts on improving services for students enrolled in independent learning and online courses. McGrath also played a key role in the creation of Penn State's World Campus.

"Jean's vision and determination to bring the World Campus Student Services' functions into the mainstream of Penn State operations using ISIS was an extremely successful venture and has benefited thousands of students who now use eLion to register for their World Campus courses," said Martha Jordan, director of Penn State Outreach's Adult Learner Advocacy and Enrollment Services.

Since 2005, McGrath has served as senior director of Adult Learner Services, with responsibilities as registrar for the World Campus and liaison with other University offices. From 1998 to 2005, she was director of Student Services in the Department of Distance Education/World Campus. She was responsible for leading services for distance education students, including admissions, advising, registration, tuition collection, grade reporting, record management and technical support. She also supervised the design, development and continuous improvement of student services for these students.

Previously, McGrath was assistant and associate director for Contract Programs in the Department of Distance Education and worked in the College of Engineering's Low Level Radiation Monitoring Laboratory at the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor.

She has written articles and made presentations about student services, distance education and online learning topics at national meetings and organizations.

McGrath earned a B.S. degree in secondary education, mathematics, and a M.Ed. in adult education from Penn State.


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Last Updated January 10, 2015