Penn State Intercom......May 1, 2003

Penn College gets vice president
for student affairs

Jill Landesberg-Boyle, an administrator with more than 10 years of experience in higher-education leadership, has been named vice president for student affairs at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Landesberg-Boyle will begin her duties May 26. She will report directly to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Landesberg-Boyle accepted a position on that campus with the residential education program. While there, she completed her graduate studies, earning her master's degree and doctorate in organizational development.

She worked as chief student affairs officer at the University of Judaism, Bel Air, Calif., before accepting her most recent position as dean of students at Southeastern Louisiana University, a regional institution serving a student body of 15,000.

Recently, Landesberg-Boyle completed a second consecutive appointment as state director for Louisiana and member of the Regional Advisory Board for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

In addition to her experience in higher-education administration, Landesberg-Boyle has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership studies, multicultural education, organizational behavior and student development.

Pesin named distinguished
professor of mathematics

Yakov Pesin, professor of mathematics, has been named distinguished professor of mathematics.

The honor, which recognizes exceptional teaching, research, creativity and service to the University community, is designated by the Office of the President based on the recommendations of colleagues and the dean.

Pesin develops mathematical tools for mapping complicated behavior and studies statistical properties of dynamical systems, an area of mathematics that is useful in studying systems exhibiting chaotic-like behavior in applied sciences. He is one of the world's foremost experts in dynamical systems and a leading authority on the dimension theory of dynamical systems and smooth ergodic theory. His results on the ergodic theory of dynamical systems provide a foundation for numerous applications throughout mathematics and in other sciences including biology, chemistry, physics and engineering.

Pesin is an executive editor of the journal Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems. He has authored or co-authored four books on these subjects. In addition, he is the author or co-author of more than 60 research papers.

Before joining the University faculty as a professor of mathematics in 1990, Pesin was a scientific researcher at several research institutes in Moscow. Although the Communist Party prevented him from pursuing an academic career, Pesin developed his mathematical research independently. After leaving Russia in 1989, he served as a visiting professor at the University of Rome (La Sapienza) and at the University of Chicago. Pesin received his doctoral degree in mathematics at Gorky State University in 1979, his master's degree at Moscow State University in 1970, and his baccalaureate degree at Moscow State University in 1968.