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SRU Good News for Feb. 8, 2012


SRU alumnus named Penn State Schuylkill chancellor

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. - Kelly Austin, a 1998 business and 2001 masters of counseling and educational psychology graduate of Slippery Rock University, has been appointed chancellor of Penn State Schuylkill effective June 1.

 It is an honor and a privilege to join the Penn State community, a nationally recognized institution of higher learning, as chancellor of the Schuylkill campus,” Austin said. “I look forward to working with the campus community to serve the evolving workforce and cultural, artistic and educational needs of the citizens of the region and beyond.”

 “Dr. Austin brings exceptional leadership experience to Penn State Schuylkill,” said Madlyn Hanes, vice president for commonwealth campuses. “His accomplished service in senior administrative roles – most notably in finance and business operations, academic and student support and community relations ­– speaks to his broad expertise."

 Austin has been the chief business and administration officer for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown since 2008. His duties include the development and implementation of a strategic plan, collaboration with senior officers to ensure student retention and leading the development and implementation of the campus operating budget, capital budget and auxiliary budget, among other responsibilities. He also coordinates budget and administrative operations within larger University of Pittsburgh operations.

After graduating from SRU, Austin received a master’s of business administration degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in ’04 and his doctorate in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh in May.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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