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Delia Conti named director of Academic Affairs at Penn State Fayette

Delia Conti
4/2/2009 —
Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus has appointed Delia Conti, Ph.D., J.D., as director of Academic Affairs. In making the announcement, Penn State Fayette Chancellor Emmanuel I. Osagie says, “Delia Conti brings to this position a base of knowledge of Penn State, important experience as a faculty member, and the ability to oversee academic programming that serves our student body, as well as the employers of Fayette County.”

Conti initially came to the Fayette campus in July 2008 from Penn State Greater Allegheny, where she was interim director of Academic Affairs and a member of the faculty. She has been serving Penn State Fayette as the interim director of Academic Affairs as a search for the permanent director was conducted.

The director of Academic Affairs is responsible for all academic matters, including oversight of the campus’ academic degree programs and faculty, the scheduling of classes, and coordination of all instructional activities.

Osagie says, “The individual charged with directing the academic affairs of the campus has a vital role. Delia had the opportunity to see first-hand what the position entailed at our campus and worked with the campus’ management group on a variety of issues. We had a strong field of candidates for the position and Delia was ultimately selected for the post.”

Conti, a Penn State alumnus and Penn State faculty member for 20 years, says she is ready to help lead the campus in serving its students and the community. “I am pleased to join the administrative team at Penn State Fayette to help advance the campus mission to be a premier student-centered regional university. The small classroom environment Penn State Fayette offers, combined with the resources of a large research university, offers tremendous benefits to all students. Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to observe the excellence of our faculty and staff, and I am looking forward to working with the chancellor to lead Penn State Fayette in exciting new directions for continued growth and educational excellence.”

Conti earned her doctor of jurisprudence degree from Duquesne University School of Law, a doctorate and master’s degrees in rhetoric and communication from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Penn State. Before becoming a professor of communications at Penn State Greater Allegheny in 1988, she taught at the University of Pittsburgh.

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