Staff Changes

Office of the Secretary:

Two Appointments and a Promotion

The Secretary of the University, Rosemary McManus, has announced the appointments of a Director of Trustee Affairs and a University Council Coordinator, and the promotion of the former manager of events to Associate Director of the Office.

Trustee Affairs: Dr. Judith Krieger Rogers will join the Office as Director of Trustee Affairs full-time on May 24. She will work with the Secretary in planning and executing strategies to promote the effective governance of the University through its Board of Trustees.

Dr. Rogers has been director of student affairs in the Wharton Graduate Division for 12 years. "She has received great reviews for her work with the students on their co-curricular activities, her management of the Zweig Executive Dinner Series, and her leadership role in community building at Wharton," said Ms. McManus. She previously worked in public relations for Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company and for Creative Images Advertising. Dr. Rogers holds a B.A. in sociology from Bucknell University, an M.Ed. Higher Education from William and Mary, and Ed. D. in Higher Education from Penn.



Council: Tram Nguyen, who recently joined the Office of the Secretary as University Council Coordinator, manages preparations for University Council meetings and provides administrative support to Council Committees. She functions as the main contact for all Council business within the Office of the Secretary where, Ms.McManus said, "The introduction of a full-time Council Coordinator will enable better communication among various constituencies and Council and facilitate Council's role as a forum for the discussion of matters affecting the common interests of faculty, staff and students."

Ms. Nguyen, a 1996 alumna of Penn, holds a B.A. in the history and sociology of science. She came to her Penn post from Deloitte & Touche LLP.




Associate Director: Meryl Marcus, newly named to the post of Associate Director in the Office of the Secretary, joined the office as manager of events July 1998 after coordinating two of Penn's Commencements. She currently manages all of the ceremonial functions of the Office and the diploma process. "Meryl has made major strides in revamping the Commencement process, building our partnerships with the twelve schools, and protecting our reputational risk by bringing increased attention to the diploma process," said Ms. McManus.

Ms. Marcus holds a B.A. in history and music from SUNY, and a Master of Public Administration degree from NYU. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary she was the clinical department administrator at the Institute for Environmental Medicine at Penn's School of Medicine and served as administrator of the Pediatric Neurology Faculty Practice at Temple's medical school.



To Pew Charitable Trusts: Michael Burton

Michael Burton, who has been a special assistant to the president since 1996, will join the Pew Charitable Trusts on April 12 as an assotiate of the Venture Fund--the largest of the seven Pew trusts and the one that initiates its own outreach to fund opportunities outside the six closely-defined funds (Arts & Culture, Health and Human Services, etc.). Mr. Burton served as President Rodin's representative to numerous University committees and projects, including the Affirmative Action Council, the Annenberg Center and ICA reviews, and the Information Technology Working Group.

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 27, April 6, 1999