Nicholas Jones
Dr. Nicholas P. Jones

Executive Vice President
and Provost

Dr. Nicholas P. Jones began serving The Pennsylvania State University as Executive Vice President and Provost in July 2013. As Provost, he is the University’s chief academic officer, responsible for the administration of all of Penn State’s research and educational programs, and for the academic welfare of all faculty and students. In his role as Executive Vice President, he serves as the chief executive officer in the President’s absence, and he is centrally involved in most University operations.

Dr. Jones chairs the meetings of Penn State’s Council of Academic Deans and the Academic Leadership Council. He serves on the President’s Council and is an ex officio member of the University Faculty Senate and Senate Council. He also chairs the University Strategic Planning Council, which developed the University-wide strategic plan for the calendar years 2016 through 2020.

Dr. Jones holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He earned an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He came to Penn State from Johns Hopkins University, where he served as the Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering and previously as Professor and Chairman of Civil Engineering. He also served for two years as Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Jones’ approach to leadership emphasizes collaboration, innovation, and the development of strategic partnerships and cross-disciplinary initiatives. He has received several awards for teaching and research, and he maintains professional association with the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Vice Provosts

Michael Adewumi
Vice Provost for Global Programs

Kathleen Bieschke
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Lance C. Kennedy-Phillips
Vice Provost for Planning and Assessment


Regina Vasilatos-Younken
Vice Provost for Graduate Education

Renata Engel
Interim Vice Provost for Online Education

Marcus Whitehurst
Vice Provost for Educational Equity

Vice Presidents

Suzanne Adair
Associate Vice President for Affirmative Action

Michael Kubit
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Madlyn L. Hanes
Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses and Executive Chancellor


Robert N. Pangborn
Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education

Neil A. Sharkey
Vice President for Research


Other Unit Leaders

Dawn Blasko
Executive Director, University Faculty Senate

Mary Lou Ortiz
University Budget Officer, University Budget Office

Donald Welch
Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Information Security


College of Nursing, Janice Penrod (interim dean)

Dickinson Law (Carlisle), Gary S. Gildin

Eberly College of Science, Douglas Cavener

Penn State Law (University Park), Hari Osofsky

Penn State Undergraduate Education, Robert Pangborn

Schreyer Honors College, Peggy Johnson

Smeal College of Business, Charles Whiteman

The Graduate School, Regina Vasilatos-Younken

University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, Barbara Dewey

Provost’s Office Core Staff

Holly Beaver
Executive Assistant to the Provost

Bruce Crocefoglia
Human Resources Strategic Partner

John Delavan
Communications Strategy Specialist

Jody Heckman
Budget Director and Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Provost

Erin Walter
Administrative Coordinator to the Executive Vice President and Provost

Craig Weidemann
Special Assistant for Innovation and Technology Initiatives

Contact List (Core Staff and Direct Reports)
(PDF, updated November 10, 2017)


Academic Leadership Council (ALC)
(PDF, updated November 10, 2017)

Council of Academic Deans (CADs)
(PDF, updated November 1, 2017)

Council of Campus Chancellors (CCC)
(PDF, updated August 14, 2017)

Committee for Undergraduate Enrollment (CUE)
(PDF, updated October 1, 2017)
formerly the Central Enrollment Management Group


Facilities Resources Committee (FRC)
(PDF, updated October 16, 2017)

University Access Committee (UAC)

Other Entities: Big Ten Academic Alliance, formerly the Committee on Institutional Cooperation

Organizational Charts

Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost (PDF, updated November 1, 2017)

University (PDF, updated July 1, 2017)