Hurley Joins College as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
by Pamela Batson (July 2008)
Brent W. Hurley has joined the College of Education as the assistant director of Alumni Relations. He started at Penn State in 2002 as an academic counselor and was most recently with the College of Information Sciences and Technology where he was an advising programs coordinator for the Division of Undergraduate Studies. Prior to joining Penn State, he was a school counselor in two different school districts in Pennsylvania.
“I’m really excited to take on this new role and look forward to meeting and working with everyone in the College community. Having worked in two public schools and in higher education, I feel uniquely positioned to contribute to the goals of the Alumni Relations team,” says Hurley, who is also an alumnus, having earned his master’s degree in Counselor Education in 1998.
In this position, Hurley will support the activities and efforts of various College alumni groups, including the Alumni Society Board and affiliated program groups, also known as APGs. The Alumni Society Board is a group of dedicated alumni who volunteer their time and efforts to advance the College and build its alumni networks. The Board meets three times a year, and some of their projects include an annual book drive and the Alumni Student Teacher Network.
Participation in the Alumni Student Teacher Network is open to all student teachers in Centre County and the Schuylkill, Abington, Altoona, and Pittsburgh areas. Network volunteers organize receptions and information sessions for student teachers in their areas. Sample information session topics include safety, school law, and career planning.
Hurley will also be instrumental in developing programming for EdLion, the College’s online resource for alumni teaching in K-12 schools, as well as other alumni programs designed to increase membership. He will work with staff assistant Wanda Wasilko to plan a number of College events, including the College’s annual Cycle-thon fundraiser and picnic.
An active member in the Penn State community, Hurley has served on numerous boards and committees aimed at promoting diversity on campus. He has also been recognized by the University Student Government for excellence in academic advising.