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In Brief: Summer 2020

New Vice President

Debra Fitzsimons started in December as IUP’s vice president for Administration and Finance. Having worked in business and finance in higher education for more than 25 years, she was most recently vice chancellor of business services and chief financial officer at South Orange County (California) Community College District, where she also stepped in as interim chancellor and CEO. Originally from Hermitage, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State, a master’s from Slippery Rock, and a doctorate in administrative policy studies from Pitt. 

Camp Retires as Dean

Robert Camp retired in June as dean of Eberly College of Business and Information Technology and now serves on the Management Department faculty. He led IUP’s business school for 32 years, including during the naming of the college for the Eberly family of Uniontown and during construction of the Eberly complex in the 1990s. Other achievements under his leadership include earning and maintaining accreditation from AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International, establishing the School of International Management, expanding international partnerships to include offshore graduate programs in India and Palestine, and adding the PhD in business, among other programs.

Geofrey Mills, a former university administrator in the US and abroad who has received three Fulbright fellowships, is serving as interim dean.

State System Redesign

As part of its redesign efforts, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education is reviewing the financial impact of integrating operations at some State System universities. Chancellor Daniel Greenstein will examine potential affiliations between California and Clarion, Edinboro and Slippery Rock, and Lock Haven and Mansfield. Act 50 of 2020, signed into law in July, allows the State System to create these affiliations, except at institutions whose fall 2019 enrollment surpassed 10,000. That exception covers IUP and West Chester only. The chancellor is to complete his review by October. After planning and public comment, integrated operations could begin as soon as fall 2022. More is at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education News site.

Whitmyre Revived

In October, IUP celebrated completion of a two-year renovation of Whitmyre Hall, home to the Cook Honors College. The project included improvements to the 68-year-old building’s main entrance and living spaces and the addition of lounging areas, seminar rooms, and globally themed study spaces. The celebration coincided with the 20-year anniversary of the Cook Honors College’s first graduating class and featured Dave Reed ’00, class member and IUP Distinguished Alumnus, as a speaker. Now a regional president for First Commonwealth Bank, Reed served eight terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and in 2014 was elected majority leader.