The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs conducts 4-5 half-day Academic Leadership Forum (ALF) sessions each year for our deans, associate deans, department heads, and other academic administrators.  An ALF planning committee helps to identify topics and speakers for the sessions.  The topics vary each year depending upon what contemporary issues are occurring in higher education and more specifically at Penn State. 

Academic Leadership Forums are by invitation only. Unless noted, all meetings are 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon starting with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m

Academic Leadership Forum Planning Committee

Upcoming Academic Leadership Forums

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Leading Through Change


8:00-8:15 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast

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
[Presentation - PDF]

10:30-10:45 a.m.   Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Agents of Change - Lessons Learned

Paul Esqueda, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Berks College

Terry Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition, College of Agricultural Sciences

Susan Welch, Dean, College of the Liberal Arts [Presentation - PDF]

Kelly Austin, Chancellor, Penn State Schuylkill

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

Blannie Bowen


Thursday, October 27, 2016
Topic: The State of the University


Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost [PDF]

Eric Barron, President [PDF]

Rob Pangborn, Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education [PDF]

Previous Academic Leadership Forums


Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Directory


Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-7494

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