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Community Housing: Managing Director D-L Wormley

Diane-Louise (D-L) Wormley, associate treasurer at Penn, has been named managing director for community housing, Executive Vice President John Fry announced Friday.

Starting February 1, Ms. Wormley will be responsible for the implementation of initiatives focused on strengthening the neighboring community by increasing home ownership. She will also oversee the Office of Off-Campus Living, which provides rental service information and acts as the primary liaison with landlords.

"As Penn moves forward with its numerous initiatives to enhance the quality of life for students, faculty and staff, a key priority will continue to be encouraging people to live in the West Philadelphia community," Mr. Fry said. "In her new position, D-L will play a key role in ensuring that this important University priority becomes a reality. With her significant experience developing Penn's existing housing and mortgage programs, her leadership of the 40th Street Action team, and her demonstrated commitment to the West Philadelphia community, D-L is the perfect person to assume this role."

Ms. Wormley came to Penn in 1984 as a senior counselor for The Penn Plan, the University's innovative tuition financing program. She held increasingly responsible positions in the Office of Student Financial Services before moving to the Treasurer's Office as Associate Treasurer in 1994.

There her work included managing short-term investments and working capitol portfolio; maintaining banking relationships and negotiating related contracts for the University and Hospital; managing the cashier's office; and coordinating Penn's guaranteed mortgage program.

Ms. Wormley also co-chaired (with Maureen Rush, Director of Police Operations) the 40th Street Action Team which completed a number of enhancements to the 40th Street retail corridor.

Ms. Wormley has served in numerous administrative posts in higher education , including director of career planning and placement-liberal arts at Stanford University; director of career planning and placement at Fisk University; and director/corporate associates program at the Atlanta University Graduate School of Business Administration.

She received a bachelor's degree in English from William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y. and participated in the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr College. Ms. Wormley serves a Trustee at Hobart & William Smith Colleges.

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, January 20, 1998, Volume 44, Number 18