Ms. Stevens, who joined Penn in 1984 as a member of President Sheldon Hackney's staff, interrupted her Penn career to serve as Executive Director of the New Haven Downtown Council in New Haven for 2 years, then returned to Penn in 1991 as Secretary of the University, the position that shelters University trustee liaison, University Council affairs, the annual Commencement and related events, and numerous special projects. In 1991 the vice presidency was added when Ms. Stevens took responsibility for University Relations. In that role she had oversight of news and public affairs, developed the mechanisms for Penn's institutional presence on the Internet, and advised on the experimental merger of Almanac and Compass.
President Judith Rodin said she expects to begin a search for a successor to Barbara Stevens in the very near future. "It will be difficult to find someone to fill Barbara's shoes, but we expect to conduct a thorough search to find a superb new Secretary of the University," said Dr. Rodin. "Barbara has done an exceptional job, serving Penn with great energy, intelligence, care and--always--grace."
Volume 43 Number 34
May 13, 1997
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