In December, President Steve Scott announced the appointment of Kathleen Flannery as vice president for university advancement.
Flannery had served as interim vice president for most of the year. In addition, she has also taken on the role of president of the PSU Foundation, a role in which she had also served on an interim basis.
According to President Scott, “Kathleen has guided a smooth and productive transition of leadership for the division. She has already demonstrated her strong capacity to lead with vision, energy, and professionalism. She has developed strong relationships with our many internal and external constituents.”
Steve Sloan, chairman of the PSU Foundation, said Flannery received unanimous support from the Foundation Executive Committee, and also noted the work Flannery has done in her tenure as interim vice president.
Over a two-day period, Flannery met with a variety of campus stakeholder groups as well as leaders of the PSU Foundation. Following each of the sessions, attendees were asked to evaluate the candidate and provide feedback to John Patterson, vice president for administration and finance. Patterson served as the facilitator of an interview process designed to measure Flannery’s suitability for the positions on a permanent basis.
“As I suspected,” noted President Scott, “the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. It’s clear Kathleen’s record of serving this institution is well respected across the campus and throughout the community.”