Penn State News Stories and Press Releases



Penn State No. 1 US producer of faculty Fulbright Scholars for 2019-20
February 10. 2020

$15.5 million investment creates engineering scholars program at Penn State
February 10. 2020

Open, affordable textbook efforts save students $4.8 million in potential costs
February 7, 2020

University Faculty Senate discusses report on status of African American professors at Penn State
January 30, 2020

Penn State releases updated strategic plan and resources for unit planning
January 24, 2020

Councils showcase sustainability efforts at first Sustainability Spotlight
January 21, 2020

Penn State Go, the official mobile app of the University, is available now
January 16, 2020

College of Nursing dean honored with National Leadership in Ethics Award
January 15, 2020

New open access policy expands public accessibility of Penn State research
January 13, 2020


Faculty Senate examines curricular coherence in support of One Penn State 2025
December 19, 2019

Roger Brindley appointed Vice Provost for Global Programs at Penn State
December 18, 2019

B. Stephen Carpenter II appointed dean of the College of Arts and Architecture
December 6, 2019

Fourteen Penn State faculty recognized with lifetime honor from the American Association for the Advancement of Science
November 26, 2019

Cavener announces plan to step down as dean of the Eberly College of Science
November 25, 2019

Penn State lauded for leadership in global learning, research and engagement
November 14, 2019


Delphi Award Winner Photo

Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones, center, stands with former Faculty Senate Chair Michael Bérubé, center left, as well as three professors who worked to nominate Penn State for the Delphi Award — from left: Laura Cruz, associate research professor of Teaching and Learning Scholarship; William Goffe, associate teaching professor of economics; and Joshua Wede, associate teaching professor of psychology. IMAGE: SYDNEY HERDLE

Penn State wins Delphi Award for enhancing support for non-tenure-track faculty
November 8, 2019

Penn State, Grow PA host meeting to discuss state’s innovation economy
October 28, 2019









Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones welcomed writers from around the country to Penn State for ScienceWriters 2019, an annual conference featuring professional development workshops developed by the National Association of Science Writers. IMAGE: PATRICK MANSELL

Heard on Campus: Provost Nick Jones on the importance of science communication
October 28, 2019

Office of Planning and Assessment changing name to reflect expanded role
October 28, 2019








Provosts Nick Jones of Penn State University and Marc Parlange of Monash University. IMAGE: CATHERINE MALIZIA

Penn State continues partnership with Monash University at intersection of health and environment
October 25, 2019








Town Hall looks at how belt-tightening, modernization impact budget approach
October 15, 2019 
(Note: This Town Hall is archived and available for viewing online.)





Affordability drives search for cost savings and 1% reduction in budgets
October 14, 2019

Dean of University Libraries Barbara Dewey to retire in August 2020
October 13, 2019

Task force recommends broad changes to Penn State’s budget approach
October 9, 2019

Accelerated bachelor’s, juris doctor program offers new pathway to legal career
September 25, 2019

Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones

“By marshaling the University’s vast expertise in a wide range of disciplines, we will tackle the global climate change crisis head-on,” Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones told a crowd of leading climate solutions researchers on Sept. 16. IMAGE: PENN STATE

Heard on Campus: Provost Nick Jones on the science of drawdown
September 16, 2019

Update to semester bill set for spring 2020; will not impact overall cost
July 31, 2019

Kevin Black named interim dean of the College of Medicine
June 11, 2019

Kimberly Lawless appointed dean of the College of Education
June 6, 2019

Sustainability, education, arts, communications projects win strategic support
April 29, 2019

Working group formed in 2018 to implement climate survey for diversity
April 19, 2019


Dr. Janet Melnick and Dr. Nick Jones

University Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones, at right, presents Dr. Janet Melnick, Penn State Scranton associate teaching professor of human development and family studies, with the 2019 Penn State Excellence in Advising Award. IMAGE: PENN STATE

Janet Melnick recognized by the University for her work advising students
April 17, 2019

Millennium Scholars Program, philanthropy support student success in STEM
March 12, 2019

Lang named dean of the College of the Liberal Arts
February 28, 2019

Penn State commits $5 million to its Humanities Institute
February 27, 2019

Trustees approve extension of University’s strategic plan through 2025
February 22, 2019

Alumnus and leading philanthropist makes $6.5 million campaign gift:
Gift will endow dean’s chair in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and support Lasch Football Building renovations
February 22, 2019

National search underway for the new dean of the College of Education
February 7, 2019

Additional nine projects will receive Penn State strategic plan seed grants
January 28, 2019

Korners give back through establishment of scholarships, program funds
January 28, 2019

Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones, far right, speaks at the Strategic Plan Town Hall on Jan. 23, 2019, alongside, from right to left, Professor Stephanie Lanza, director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center; Penn State New Kensington Chancellor Kevin Snider; and College of Information Sciences and Technology Dean Andrew Sears. IMAGE: MICHAEL MARTIN GARRETT

Town Hall looks at success, future of University’s strategic plan
January 23, 2019

Penn State strategic plan: Six questions with the Provost
January 22, 2019

Danielle M. Conway named dean of Dickinson Law
January 21, 2019

New academic advising professional development course opens for faculty, staff
January 17, 2019

Jan. 23 Town Hall to focus on Penn State’s Strategic Plan
January 16, 2019

Penn State leadership assessing shutdown impact, developing contingency plans
January 16, 2019

Search underway for new vice provost for Global Programs
January 8, 2019


Search underway for new dean of College of Arts and Architecture
December 21, 2018

Penn State Berks 60th Anniversary Gala raises over $120K for new scholarship
December 19, 2018

Are land-grant universities still ‘democracy’s colleges?’ Penn State Provost Nick Jones on higher education and democracy
December 3, 2018 ( Visit to listen to the podcast interview with Provost Jones.)

Town Hall on Strategic Plan rescheduled for Jan. 23
December 3, 2018

Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones and Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses Madlyn Hanes joined Penn State Beaver faculty and students to officially open the campus high tunnel. The tunnel is funded by a Penn State seed grant. IMAGE: PENN STATE

Provost, VP for Commonwealth Campuses officially open Beaver high tunnel
October 12, 2018

Faculty Senate opens fall semester with productive meeting
September 21, 2018

Vice Provost for Global Programs to leave Penn State
August 27, 2018

Sept. 6 event showcases images of faculty teaching in courses of all types
August 27, 2018

Newschaffer named dean of the College of Health and Human Development
August 3, 2018


Advance feedback offered on strategic initiative seed grant funding proposals
July 23, 2018

Renata Engel named vice provost for Online Education
July 17, 2018

June 25 Town Hall archived and available online
June 28, 2018

Town Hall covers workplace climate, Values and Culture Survey results
June 26, 2018

Penn State researchers hope website humanizes, helps others affected by opioids
June 19, 2018

Amy Freeman named director of Penn State’s Millennium Scholars Program
June 18, 2018

Proposals sought for strategic initiative seed grant funding
May 21, 2018

Seed grants support 10 additional strategic initiative pilot programs
May 18, 2018

Penn State efforts help minimize tax changes on education access, affordability
December 21, 2017

WorkLion launches across the Commonwealth
December 11, 2017

Strategic Plan progress among topics at December Faculty Senate meeting
December 6, 2017

Penn State statement on Supreme Court order on Trump travel ban
December 5, 2017

Penn State invests $2 million to support strategic priorities
December 4, 2017

Deans of the Liberal Arts, Health and Human Development colleges to step down
November 1, 2017

Penn State partners with students to recognize United Nations Day
October 18, 2017

Penn State receives $4.92 million gift for industrial biotechnology education, research
September 19, 2017

Adair named associate vice president for affirmative action
September 19, 2017

Trustees committee updated on efforts to transform education
September 14, 2017

A renewed focus on learning outcomes at Penn State
September 8, 2017

Bieschke named vice provost for faculty affairs at Penn State
July 24, 2017

Provost’s report to trustees showcases Commonwealth Campuses
July 21, 2017

Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones, center, joined with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and other key stakeholders for a press conference on Thursday, July 13, in Washington, D.C., to urge passage of national legislation that addresses hazing on college campuses. IMAGE: AMANDA WINTERSTEEN / PENN STATE

Provost joins D.C. officials, stakeholders to back legislative effort on hazing
July 13, 2017

Task force strengthens Penn State’s focus on academic integrity issues 
July 10, 2017

Penn State backs open letter to support Paris climate agreement
June 6, 2017

Research, creativity presented at annual Undergraduate Exhibition
April 10, 2017






Town Hall covers range of human resources-related topics
April 5, 2017



Provost’s report updates trustees on Project LionPATH
February 24, 2017

University Town Hall focuses on resources for international community
February 19, 2017

New dean named for Penn State Law and School of International Affairs
January 6, 2017


Interim leadership named for Penn State Outreach and Online Education
December 12, 2016

Task force to assess climate for graduate assistants at Penn State
December 8, 2016

Provost discusses strategic plan implementation
December 2, 2016

Quality Advocates event focuses on implementation of Penn State’s strategic plan
November 11, 2016

Fair Labor Standards Act regulatory changes being implemented Dec. 1
November 9, 2016

Diversity questions and concerns tackled at Town Hall discussion on Oct. 26
October 27, 2016
(Note: The Oct. 26 Penn State Town Hall meeting is archived and can be viewed in its entirety online.)

Welch named Penn State’s Chief Information Security Officer
October 26, 2016

Trauma in schools focus of fifth annual Network Conference
October 24, 2016

High-performance computing services for researchers set to expand
October 3, 2016

Faculty, staff ask range of questions during University Town Hall
September 29, 2016
(Note: The Sept. 28 Penn State Town Hall meeting is archived and can be viewed in its entirety online.)

Provost’s report updates trustees on implementation of University’s strategic plan
September 16. 2016

Penn State to expand arts and humanities initiatives
September 12. 2016

Provost Nick Jones shares message with University community
August 24. 2016

Summer in the Woods highlights child care center’s five years of accomplishments
July 27, 2016

Penn State’s campuses offer quality education and robust economic opportunities
July 22, 2016

Penn Staters come together to ‘Stand in Solidarity with Orlando’
June 13, 2016

New capabilities, rates announced for research computing
June 3, 2016

Graduate assistantship stipends to increase 3 percent in fall 2016
May 26, 2016

Energy Days Symposium explores Penn State’s role in shaping the future of energy
May 24, 2016

Leadership shares message with University community following budget resolution
March 28, 2016

In Harrisburg, Pa., University leaders urge action on budget
March 2, 2016

Penn State launches Global Ambassadors Program
March 1, 2016

Trustees review University strategic plan and concur with implementation
February 26, 2016

As Harrisburg budget impasse continues, Penn State’s leaders plan for future
February 22, 2016

2016 TLT Symposium announces keynote speakers
February 9, 2016

New website serves as Starfish information resource
January 29, 2016

Penn State ranked No. 1 again for best online bachelor’s degree programs
January 12, 2016

Trustees committee approves University strategic plan
January 4, 2016


Media Mentions


UPUA supports policy to allow students in military to partially cancel courses if deployed
The Daily Collegian, February 13, 2020

UPUA Passes Six Pieces of Legislation, Including Support of New Policy on Campus Closure
Onward State, February 13, 2020

Open, Affordable Textbook Efforts Save PSU Students $4.8M
The Business Journal, February 12, 2020

From R (Rambo) to Z (zebrafish) — new PSU policy showcases research work
Penn State joins a nationwide list of schools that are showcasing their work for researchers and curious intellectuals
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 10, 2020

What You’ll Pay for an Online Bachelor’s Degree
U.S. News & World Report, January 14, 2020

Town Hall assesses the impact of Penn State’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan
The Daily Collegian, January 24, 2019

Center Celebrates the Fruits of its Labor
Lancaster Farming, July 13, 2018

Penn State Berks starts celebrating its 60th birthday
Reading Eagle, February 15, 2018

Penn State Faculty Senate talks finances, security at January meeting
The Underground, January 25, 2018

‘Lighting up Penn State’: Chabad, Jewish community celebrates first night of Hanukkah
The Daily Collegian, December 13, 2017

New Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza Dedicated, August 28, 2017

Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas Jones hosted meeting on immigration executive order
The Daily Collegian, February 17, 2017



Penn State continues to promote cybersecurity after hacks
Centre Daily Times, October 27, 2016

Community gathers for Orlando vigil, support for LGBTQA community
Centre Daily Times, June 14, 2016

Vigil held in State College for victims of Orlando shooting
WJAC TV, June 14, 2016

Penn State seniors create endowment for mental health services
Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2016

Pennsylvania’s budget impasse comes to an end: ‘We need to move on’
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 24, 2016

Pennsylvania’s state-related colleges prepare for worst as budget impasse drags
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 3, 2016

Penn State seeking greater student engagement in upcoming semester plans
The Daily Collegian, January 26, 2016

Penn State adds climate change to strategic plan
NPR/State Impact, January 8, 2016

Penn State adopts new student advising technology
Campus Technology, December 15, 2015

Core Council

To facilitate necessary changes in the University’s operations, a 13-member council chaired by then-Executive Vice President and Provost Rodney Erickson was appointed by the president in 2010 to provide in-depth analyses of programs, examine available resources, find efficiencies, and determine how to maintain the University’s excellence in an era of declining state revenue and mounting fiscal challenges.

Known as the Academic Program and Administrative Services Review Core Council, this group of faculty, staff and administrators from University Park and the Commonwealth Campuses identified areas for permanent cost savings and non-tuition revenue sources in the coming years. Contact the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost to request a digital copy of any of the Core Council recommendation letters produced in 2011 for specific Penn State campuses, colleges and support units.

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