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Message from the Dean's Development Council Co-Chairs

As many know, this year has brought significant changes to the College of Education. After 20+ years as dean of the College, David Monk has stepped down and returned to faculty to begin a phased retirement. His influence and guidance of the College will be missed. We wish Dean Monk, his wife Pam and their family the best as he moves into this next phase of his life. Our new Dean, Kim Lawless, formerly of the University of Illinois at Chicago, has hit the ground running, impressing everyone with her enthusiasm and energy in her first few months on the job. We look forward to working with the dean and supporting her in her new role at Penn State.

Barb Kucharski EDU 1970; David Kucharski ENG 1970. (Image: Annemarie Mountz)As many know, this year has brought significant changes to the College of Education. After 20+ years as dean of the College, David Monk has stepped down and returned to faculty to begin a phased retirement. His influence and guidance of the College will be missed. We wish Dean Monk, his wife Pam and their family the best as he moves into this next phase of his life. Our new Dean, Kim Lawless, formerly of the University of Illinois at Chicago, has hit the ground running, impressing everyone with her enthusiasm and energy in her first few months on the job. We look forward to working with the dean and supporting her in her new role at Penn State.

Additionally, Simon Corby, director of Development and Alumni Relations, left Penn State to explore development outside of the College in the medical field. Simon’s contributions and leadership also will be missed. At the same time, we are excited to welcome Steve Wilson as the College’s new director of Development and Alumni Relations.

These changes present a significant challenge to the College and its Development and Alumni Relations staff as the University enters the fourth year of its “A Greater Penn State” fundraising campaign. The first three years have been highly successful with the College of Education and the University exceeding goals set at the beginning of the campaign. The College’s Development staff and Dean’s Development Council are up for the challenge and expect to reach and perhaps even surpass these goals by the end of the campaign. However, we will need the support and generosity of all our alumni to get there.

At a recent Volunteer Campaign Chairs’ meeting, which included chairs from all colleges, campuses and units at Penn State, we learned that only 14% of Penn State’s alumni make financial contributions to the University. Working with the College of Education Alumni Society Board, we will strive to improve this rate and involve more of our members in the campaign effort.

Your generosity goes a long way to support the students, faculty and staff of the College. Thank you to all the members who have contributed in the past and to those who will in the future.

Barb Kucharski EDU 1970; David Kucharski ENG 1970