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Hanes Recommended To Head Penn State’s Capital College

21 January 2000
University Park, Pa. — Penn State’s Board of Trustess today (Jan 21) approved the appointment of Madlyn L. Hanes, campus executive officer of Penn State Great Valley, School of Graduate Professional Studies, and associate dean of the Graduate School, to be provost and dean of Penn State’s Capital College, effective July 1. Capital College comprises two campuses, Penn State Harrisburg and Penn State Schuylkill.

Hanes is on leave during the 1999/2000 academic year, serving as senior adviser to the chancellor at the University of Georgia System.

"Madlyn Hanes has demonstrated outstanding vision and leadership in her previous responsibilities at Penn State, and we are delighted that she has agreed to accept this important new administrative assignment," says Rodney A. Erickson, executive vice president and provost of the University.

As CEO at Great Valley, she has responsibility for the overall administrative and academic strategic directions and operations of the campus, including fiscal and facilities planning, fundraising and external relations with community and business organizations, including campus and institutional partnerships.

Since her appointment in 1997, the Great Valley campus has received $5 million from corporate and individual gifts for physical expansion, academic program enhancements and graduate fellowships. Great Valley, just outside Philadelphia, is part of the Graduate School and primarily serves the educational needs of full-time professionals.

Hanes, who joined Penn State in 1988, also was director of academic affairs at the Penn State Delaware County Campus from 1988 to 1997. During that time she also served as chief academic officer at Great Valley from 1995 to 1996 and was chair of the Commission for Undergraduate Education for the University from 1992 to 1995. Hanes was the recipient of the University’s Administrative Excellence Award in 1998, and was named Visionary of the Year by the Great Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce in 1999.

Hanes joined Penn State from the University of South Carolina, where she was director of graduate studies in the College of Education, among other posts.

Hanes is the co-author of The Developing Teacher and Language and Reading Strategies for Poverty Children and has published more than 50 articles, book chapters, technical reports and curriculum guides, primarily in the areas of language development and teacher education. She has been principal investigator or director on a number of funded research, curriculum development and training projects sponsored by such agencies as the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation.

She also has been elected to serve on the boards of a number of professional associations, such as the State Planning Board for the Pennsylvania American Council of Education and the State Board of the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education. Hanes has worked with ministries of education, universities and American overseas schools in Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Israel and Korea, and held a special appointment to the University Council of Jamaica by the prime minister from 1987-89. She serves on the cabinet of the World Affairs Council, as chair-elect of the Partnership for Economic Education and as a member of the Forum for Executive Women in Philadelphia.

Hanes graduated from the University of Florida, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English education in 1969, a master’s degree in speech and language pathology in 1973 and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in 1976. She also was licensed in speech and language pathology by the Professional Services Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1976.

"I have had the good fortune, during my 12 years with Penn State, of working with wonderful campuses and on important committees of the University," said Hanes. "I am so very pleased to have the opportunity to join the Capital College as its provost and dean. The Capital College, through its campus communities at Harrisburg and Schuylkill, is uniquely positioned to serve its constituents on behalf of Penn State, and to collaborate and innovate on relevant programs to meet the needs of the region and the state. I look forward to working with the faculty, students and staff of the Capital College as we address the challenges and opportunities before us."

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