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College Appoints Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs


Carolyn Strickland has been named assistant vice president for academic affairs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Strickland, who had been director of student life at the college, begins her new duties today.

In addition, Kimberly R. Cassel, associate director of Greek life/leadership, has been appointed director of student activities at Penn College. She also begins her new duties today.

Strickland joined the Penn College staff in May 2003. As director of student life, she was responsible for the overall supervision and operation of Athletics, Student Activities and Student Health Services. She worked directly with new-student orientation, Greek life and Penn College’s student organizations.

She has 11 years’ experience in student affairs, including many projects requiring collaboration between student affairs and academic affairs. Previously, she provided oversight of the Taylor Residential College at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, which included coordination of living/learning programs with the live-in Faculty Masters and Faculty Fellows. She has teaching experience at the University of South Carolina, Susquehanna University and Penn College.

“We welcome Carolyn to the Academic Affairs team,” said Lizabeth S. Mullens, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Her background and expertise in higher education; project development, implementation and assessment; and collaborations between student and academic affairs will empower us to more effectively and efficiently accomplish our goals.”

Strickland earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology and urban studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a master of education degree in student personnel services and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from the University of South Carolina. She is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society. As part of her undergraduate studies, Strickland participated in Semester at Sea, experiencing educational travel in 11 countries.

Cassel joined the Penn College staff in August 2004 as assistant director for student development. Previously, she was employed at Bucknell University as assistant director for campus activities and programs.

“Student Affairs is fortunate to have the experience and leadership that Kim brings to her new role as director of student activities,” said Ward W. Caldwell, special assistant to the president for student affairs. “Her student-centered focus and commitment to the expansion of student-leadership opportunities and skills will greatly benefit the continued development of a strong campus community.”

Cassel received a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida.

For more information about Penn College, which offers associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and certificates representing more than 100 career areas, visit online , e-mail or call toll-free (800) 367-9222.

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