College House Appointments: Faculty Masters and Fellows
Five new Faculty Masters will greet residents of the 12 College
Houses this September. Dr. Linda P. Brown, the Miriam L. Stirl Professor
in Nutrition, and Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Studies in
the School of Nursing, will make Community House her new home. Dr. Arnold
J. Rosoff, Professor of Legal Studies and Health Care Systems in the
Wharton School, will be heading up Goldberg College House. Dr. Mark Y.
Liberman, Trustee Professor of Phonetics in the Department of Linguistics
of the School of Arts and Sciences, will move into Ware College House. Jay
Reise, the Robert Weiss Professor of Music will be Master of Hamilton
College House. And in Hill College House, history professor Dr. Walter
Licht will serve as interim Master while Dr. James O'Donnell takes a
year's leave to teach at Yale.
Other new faculty appointments include Dr. Emily Thompson, assistant
professor of history and sociology of science, to Faculty Fellow of Spruce
College House; Dr. Peter Struck, assistant professor of Classics
to Faculty Fellow of Stouffer College House; Dr. J. Douglas Toma, senior
fellow at the Institute for Research on Higher Education, to Senior Fellow
of Ware College House; and Dr. Lorraine Sterritt, Penn's new Dean
of Freshmen, to Senior Fellow of Hill College House. Dr. Sterritt's husband,
Bert Lain, will serve as Scholar-in-Residence. English professor
Dr. Peter Conn will serve as a Faculty Fellow in the Modern Languages Program
of Gregory College House.
Ms. Brennan: Special Services
Patricia Brennan, who has served as acting director of Special
Services for the Penn Police Department since July 1999, has been named
the new Director of Special Services, according to Vice President for Public
Safety Thomas M. Seamon. Her appointment became effective August 15.
As Director of Special Services, Ms. Brennan is responsible for all
support services for victims of crime, and will oversee the day-to-day operations
of the special services team.
Her duties also include developing programs in crime prevention, safety
education, community outreach and victim services; handling and directing
responses to emergency situations; representing victims of crime and serving
as a liaison to the Philadelphia District Attorney's office and other entities.
"Pat Brennan brings extensive experience dealing with sensitive
crimes and victims issues to this most critical position," Mr. Seamon
said. "Her experience in investigations, crisis intervention and victim
support, along with her sensitivity and commitment to women's issues and
the needs of a diverse community, make her the ideal person for this job.
We are fortunate to have attracted someone with her proven ability to this
Ms. Brennan began her career as a Philadelphia police officer in 1976,
where she held progressively responsible positions, eventually becoming
one of the first female detectives to be assigned to the elite Homicide
She came to Penn in 1996 as a Senior Investigator for the University
Police Department, and was later promoted to Detective Supervisor.
Ms. Brennan recently received a master's degree in Organizational Dynamics
SON Finance Executive Director
Patrick M. Burke has been appointed Executive Director for Finance
and Administration for the School of Nursing, effective July 1. "We're
excited to have Pat here and we're looking forward to working with him,"
said Nursing's Interim Dean Dr. Neville E. Strumpf. "His fine reputation,
expertise and relationships throughout the University will help support
our many interdisciplinary initiatives," said Dr. Strumpf who is also
Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor in Gerontology and Director of the Center
for Gerontologic Nursing Science.
Mr. Burke, a Penn employee for nearly 25 years, previously worked at
the School of Nursing before moving to the School of Engineering in July
1986 where he was the Director of Fiscal Operations for 14 years.
"It's wonderful to be back at nursing again working with such a
great faculty and staff, many of whom are familiar to me," said Mr.
Ms. Epstein & Ms. Marcus: Ceremonial & Special
The planning for Penn's traditional ceremonial functions as well as
other special events will now be coordinated by a combined team, blending
the event design and management expertise from the Office of the President
with the expertise in ceremonial events from the Office of the Secretary.
Ellen Epstein has been appointed as the executive director of
Ceremonies and Special Events. Ms. Epstein has over 14 years of event design
and management experience and for the past four years has served as director
of events in the Office of the President. She has managed numerous high-profile
events for the University including the visit of the President of China
in 1997 and President Clinton's visit this past February.
Meryl Marcus has been named associate director of ceremonial
events and will join Ms. Epstein as a member of this new team in the Office
of the President. For the past several years, Ms. Marcus has planned and
executed Convocation, Baccalaureate, and Commencement ceremonies. She most
recently served as associate director of special events and diplomas in
the Office of the Secretary.
Facilities Services: Promotions for Mr. Hilts, Ms.
Barry Hilts, executive director of operations for the Division
of Facilities Services since July 1999, has been named associate vice president,
Mina Fader, who has been financial director for the Division
of Facilities Services has been named associate vice president, Facilities
Both of these appointment became effective July 1. Their appointments
were announced by Vice President Omar Blaik of the Division of Facilities
As associate vice president of facilities operations, Mr. Hilts
is responsible for the operations and maintenance of University facilities.
Ms. Fader, as associate vice president of facilities finance, will oversee
the financial operations of the Division and the financial aspects of the
capital program for the University.
"Barry's and Mina's expertise in their respective areas and their
familarity with Facilities Services and Penn uniquely position them to lead
our efforts to improve our services and enhance customer satisfaction,"
said Mr. Blaik.
Mr. Hilts is a 1971 graduate from San Jose State University, and in
1981 he earned an M.B.A. from Western New England College. With over 30
years of experience he is throughly conversant in the facilities and support
services areas. Prior to his transition to Facilities Services in July of
last year he was associate vice president, support services for UPHS.
Ms. Fader came to the University in April 1998 from Shadow Broadcasting
Services where she served as chief financial officer. She recieved her B.S.
in chemical engineering from MIT and an M.B.A from the Wharton School.
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