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Randy McEntaffer named Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officer Fellow

5 June 2023
Randall McEntaffer

Randy McEntaffer, department head of Astronomy and Astrophysics, is one of five Penn Staters to be named fellows for the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Department Executive Officers (DEO) program.

The BTAA is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities and the United States’ pre-eminent model for effective collaboration among research universities. Through its leadership program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability through University administrative assignments or other significant positions in public, private, or professional organizations are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

Penn State’s participants for the 2023 program were selected based on their significant contributions and potential to achieve even more as University leaders. In addition to McEntaffer, the participants are:

  • Meg Bruening, department head, Nutritional Sciences, College of Health and Human Development
  • Jennifer Gilley, interim director of the Penn State Commonwealth Campus Libraries and head librarian at Penn State New Kensington
  • Matthew Jordan, department head, Film Production and Media Studies, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
  • Brian King, department head, Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

The DEO Fellows will participate in a seminar Nov. 2-4 at the Big Ten Conference Center in Chicago. The event will focus on departmental leadership skills, the challenges facing DEOs, and broader issues.

For more information on the BTAA DEO Program, visit the program website.