Academic Leadership Forums


The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs conducts several half-day Academic Leadership Forums each year for University deans, associate deans, department heads, and other academic administrators.

The Academic Leadership Forum Planning Committee helps to identify topics and speakers for the forums. The topics vary each year depending on what contemporary issues are occurring in U.S. higher education and at Penn State.

Participation in Academic Leadership Forums is by invitation only. Unless noted, all meetings are held from 8:00 a.m.- Noon, starting with a continental breakfast.

Upcoming Academic Leadership Forums


Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Topic: General Education: Foundation, Exploration, and Integration
Location: Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park

More information will be available soon regarding future Academic Leadership Forums to be held during the Spring 2017 semester.


The following Academic Leadership Forum was the final one for the Fall 2016 semester.

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Topic: Leading Through Change
Location: Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park


8:15-8:30 a.m. Introductions, Overview, and Objectives
Blannie Bowen, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

8:30-9:30 a.m. Leadership and Innovation Management – Building a Culture to Effectively Implement Technological Changes
Samuel Hunter, Associate Professor of Psychology, College of the Liberal Arts

9:30-10:30 a.m. The Big Picture – What and Why for Our Enterprise Systems
David Gray, Senior Vice President for Finance and Business/Treasurer

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Agents of Change – Lessons Learned
Paul Esqueda, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Penn State Berks
Terry Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition, College of Agricultural Sciences
Susan Welch, Dean, College of the Liberal Arts
Kelly Austin, Chancellor, Penn State Schuylkill

12:00 p.m. Wrap Up and Final Thoughts
Blannie Bowen

For more information about and any materials from previous Academic Leadership Forums, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.