New Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program fellows announced

May 14, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Academic Leadership (ALP) Program has gained five additional Fellows from the Penn State ranks. The BTAA is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities. Through its leadership program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

Those selected from Penn State for the 2018-19 program have been chosen because of their significant contributions and potential to undertake key leadership responsibilities at the University. Participants are:

  • Sarah Bronson, associate professor of cellular and molecular physiology, College of Medicine
  • Steven Huddart, senior associate dean, Smeal College of Business
  • Zuleima Karpyn, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • Yvette Richardson, associate dean for Undergraduate Education, professor of meteorology, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • Nicholas Rowland, associate professor of sociology and environmental studies, Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences, Penn State Altoona

The Fellows will be participating in three seminars during the 2018-19 academic year: "Contemporary Issues and Ideas in the Evolving University," which will be hosted by the University of Minnesota on Oct. 10-13; "Internal and External Relationships" hosted by the Purdue University on Feb. 6-9, 2019; and "Money, Management and Strategies" hosted by the University of Illinois, on April 10-13, 2019.

The program is specifically geared toward answering the challenges of academic administration at major research universities. Fellows are appointed to terms of one year and funding is provided by the participating institutions. For more information on the BTAA, visit

Last Updated May 14, 2018