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Dental Medicine’s Associate Dean of Finance and Administration
December 8, 2009, Volume 56, No. 14



Pamela Peters Arms has been named Associate Dean of Finance and Administration for the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Her appointment is effective January 1, 2010.

In this position, Ms. Arms will serve as the School’s chief financial and administrative officer with senior managerial and fiduciary responsibilities for University and School policy, as well as oversight of business and finance, information technology, facilities management, human resources, strategic planning and institutional research, and administrative support, while leading fiscal operations as they relate to education, clinical care, research, and the Penn Dental Care Network (the School’s three faculty dental practices).

Ms. Arms goes to Penn Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Finance, where she has served as Associate Treasurer since 2006. In that post, she has been responsible for cash management and banking operations, as well as the Division’s liaison for real estate activities. In addition, since 2008 she has been serving as the Division’s chief administrative officer. During her tenure in Finance,  Ms. Arms generated a track record of achievement in a variety of leadership roles. In 2006, she directed the transition of Penn’s banking relationship from Mellon Bank to Wachovia Bank, leading the search selection for a new banking partner and directing the University through the transition of its $5 billion operating budget.

Between the years 2005 to 2008, Ms. Arms guided a team that included Penn’s Office of General Counsel, Facilities and Real Estate Services, Development and Alumni Relations, and Vice Provost for University Life that executed $5 million in life safety renovations to the Greek Housing system, which serves more than 25 percent of Penn’s undergraduate community.   This earned her the first of two of Penn’s “Models of Excellence” awards (the second was for her role in the acquisition of the United States Post Office’s 30th Street property, which facilitated the University’s Penn Connects master plan).

Prior to joining Penn’s Division of Finance in 2004, Ms. Arms worked in banking and real estate financing, most recently serving as Vice President-Relationship Manager in Real Estate Banking with Citizens Bank, Philadelphia, from 2002 to 2004.

Ms. Arms holds an MBA from Temple University and a bachelor of science in real estate from Penn State University.


Almanac - December 8, 2009, Volume 56, No. 14