Tanner named director of student and enrollment services at York

January 13, 2011

It has been just about three months since Patrick Tanner took on the position of director of student and enrollment services at Penn State York. Tanner came to Penn State York from Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., and for him accepting this position not only meant working for an internationally known university, it meant he would return home and be closer to family and friends. Tanner grew up in the Terre Hill, New Holland area of Lancaster County and has family throughout Pennsylvania.

"We were delighted that Patrick Tanner, who was chosen from a national search, agreed to come to Penn State York and back to his home state of Pennsylvania," said Joel M. Rodney, chancellor at the campus. "Patrick brings a fresh perspective and his experience in the area of residence life will be of great help to the campus when we move to that stage of our development."

Tanner, 34, who began the position on Oct. 19, 2010, is responsible for the overall administration of enrollment and student programs and services on campus. His area of responsibility includes student recruitment, student activities, financial aid, recreation and athletics, and just about any other programs and services related to students.

Prior to taking the position at Penn State York, Tanner worked as the assistant director of residence life at Roger Williams University where he directed the entire residence life program for 3,000 students in conjunction with the director of residence life. His experience over the years has included positions at the University of Denver in Colorado and Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

“This is a fascinating opportunity. There is an amazing faculty and staff here at Penn State York committed to students and I am looking forward to creating the Penn State York of the future,” said Tanner. “Penn State is the No. 1 recruiting university in the country for corporations and the value of a Penn State degree has never been higher.  When you add to that accomplishment all that the campus has to offer, including top-notch academics, student activities, and the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, it is an exciting time to be here.”

Tanner holds a master's of education in secondary, adult, and higher education from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Mich; and a bachelor degree in theatre arts and communications from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pa.

He resides in York with his wife, Julie, and two children.


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