Penn State begins search for next chief ethics and compliance officer

September 15, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has launched a national search for the University’s next chief ethics and compliance officer.

The chief ethics and compliance officer provides leadership, support, coordination and assistance to University-wide compliance efforts regarding all federal, state and local laws, as well as internal University policies and other external policies and regulations. This position reports to Penn State’s vice president for administration, as well as to the Legal and Compliance Committee of the Board of Trustees, and plays a key role in holding those who represent the University and act on its behalf to the highest level of ethical standards.

The position directly manages functions within the Office of Ethics and Compliance, including export controls, youth programs, hotline operations, NCAA compliance and athletics integrity. The chief ethics and compliance officer works closely with partners across the University, including University Police and Public Safety, the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response, Commonwealth Campuses, the Office of Internal Audit, Human Resources, Student Affairs, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, Risk Management, Information Technology, Intercollegiate Athletics, the Office of Physical Plant and the Office of General Counsel.

The chief ethics and compliance officer will oversee all elements of Penn State’s institutional compliance, including coordinating compliance activities and leading the University-wide Ethics and Compliance Council; monitoring the performance of compliance efforts and taking steps to improve their effectiveness; developing and communicating institutional compliance efforts to provide guidance to key stakeholders; consulting with the Office of General Counsel to resolve complex legal compliance issues; responding to alleged violations of rules, regulations, policies and procedures; identifying areas of potential compliance vulnerability or risk and implementing plans to resolve such issues; and working with various departments to develop an effective compliance training program.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven ability to lead and manage day-to-day operations in a large, complex and decentralized institution; possess a deep working knowledge of higher education practices, regulations and accrediting agencies; and have 10 to 15 years of experience working in education, government or corporate compliance. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required for this position, though a master’s or doctoral degree is preferred.

Interested individuals can learn more and apply through Penn State’s employment website. Questions about the position or nominations of candidates can be directed to the search committee chair Daniel Heist, director of Penn State’s Office of Internal Audit, via email at

More information about ethics and compliance at Penn State is available at the Office of Ethics and Compliance website.

Last Updated September 15, 2021