Dr. Francis K. Achampong was appointed permanent chancellor of Penn State Fayette on November 1, 2010.
Achampong joined the Penn State community in 2002, when he was hired as director of academic affairs for Penn State Mont Alto. Achampong led the Mont Alto campus in adopting a vision and core values statement; introduced new degree programs and mentored faculty; and provided fiscal leadership in times of budgetary constraints. He was responsible for all the academic functions of the campus, including planning, developing, administering, and evaluating academic programs. Achampong came to the Fayette campus in March 2010 as interim chancellor following the unexpected death of Dr. Emmanuel I. Osagie.
An expert in sexual harassment, workplace harassment and risk management, Achampong holds a Ph.D. in law from the University of London; a master of laws degree from both Georgetown University Law Center and the University of London, Kings College, where his primary area of study was insurance law, credit and security; and a bachelor of laws degree magna cum laude from the University of Ghana. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990.
Before his appointment at Mont Alto, Achampong served as interim dean of the AACSB-accredited School of Business at Norfolk State University; from 1998 through 2001, he was head of the Department of Entrepreneurship, Finance and Marketing at Norfolk State University, and also a professor of business law and insurance from 1992 through 2002, and associate professor from 1985 to 1992.
Achampong served as a Fellow of the American Council on Education from 2008-2009 and holds a Certificate in Management and Leadership Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the author of several publications, including a book, Workplace Sexual Harassment Law: Principles, Landmark Developments, and Framework for Effective Risk Management, published in 1999. His latest work, “Integrating Risk Management and Strategic Planning,” was published in Winter 2010 in Planning for Higher Education.
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