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April 5, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Governor nominates SRU graduate as health secretary

HARRISBURG, Pa. –Michael Wolf, a 1988 Slippery Rock University political science graduate and former SRU trustee, has been nominated to lead the 1,700-employee Pennsylvania Health Department.

Wolf, who was an SRU trustee from 1995-2001, has served as acting health secretary since October.

The secretary is the commonwealth’s top health regulator and is responsible for carrying out the health department's mission to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and disease and to assure the safe delivery of quality health care for all Pennsylvania citizens. The cabinet-level post reports directly to the governor.

Wolf is also a former public affairs and policy director with Pfizer. He has also served as a government relations and company development consultant to the Central Pennsylvania Life Sciences Greenhouse, an early-stage, venture capital company specializing in start-up biotech companies.

The SRU graduate served in the Tom Ridge administration for eight years, including being appointed as deputy secretary for the Office of International Business Development from 2000 to 2003. In that role, he served as principal strategist and spokesman for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s international efforts.

In addition to his SRU degree, Wolf earned a masters in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

The governor’s nomination requires Senate confirmation.

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.