Susan W. Herron, a former social worker and assistant district attorney of Philadelphia, has been named director of the Office of Student Conduct (OSC), effective July 1, 2007, Provost Ron Daniels announced recently.
“Susan Herron brings a wealth of experience to this critical and multifaceted university office,” Provost Daniels said. “Her previous work as a social worker, program analyst, attorney, family court administrator and college instructor has given her the broad exposure, sensitivity and knowledge desired of the OSC Director.”
Before embarking on her legal career, Ms. Herron was a social worker and court liaison with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services. As Assistant District Attorney of Philadelphia, Ms. Herron worked with the Human Relations Commission, police, FBI, and several community groups to broker solutions to hate-based incidents and crimes affecting underserved communities and constituents. She was also involved in formulating key pieces of legislation, including legislation creating the Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft Prevention Authorities and amendments to statutes regulating the abuse and neglect of care-dependent persons. She then served as the Deputy Court Administrator for the First Judicial District, Family Court Division and since 2003, she has taught courses in juvenile justice, sex crimes, capital punishment and criminal law at Temple University and the Community College of Philadelphia.
Ms. Herron received a B.A. in business and economics from Russell Sage College in 1968. She attended the Widener School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware, from which she graduated magna cum laude in 1985.
Ms. Herron succeeds Michele Goldfarb as director of OSC. Since Ms. Goldfarb returned to full-time teaching in the Law School last summer (Almanac September 5, 2006), associate director Ed Rentezelas has served as interim director of OSC. “We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Ed Rentezelas who has ensured that the Office of Student Conduct has maintained the highest levels of professionalism and service for the past ten months while this search was underway,” said Provost Daniels.
The Office of Student Conduct investigates and resolves alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct and the Code of Academic Integrity, and furthers the University’s mission by providing a timely, even-handed, and consistent disciplinary process. OSC is also an active educational resource for matters of student conduct, crime reporting, sexual violence, alcohol and drug abuse, and academic integrity. Generally, OSC is consulted on major University policy changes pertaining to these issues.