Click for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Forecast


Vice President and
Chief of Staff: Pedro Ramos

Pedro Ramos, a partner with Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, has been named Penn’s vice president and chief of staff, President Judith Rodin announced. Mr. Ramos will begin his new position in January.

Reporting directly to Dr. Rodin, he will play a key role in senior-level decision making and serve as a senior policy advisor on short-term and longer-range issues.

"Pedro Ramos is a proven leader with extensive policy-making experience and a demonstrated commitment to the principles of education," said President Rodin. "His legal, business, and civic experience equip him with a wealth of skills and seasoned judgment that are an excellent match for his new responsibilities. We are absolutely delighted about his decision to join the senior leadership team at Penn."

At Ballard Spahr since 1992, Mr. Ramos devoted a substantial portion of his practice to advising colleges, universities, hospitals and large not-for-profit organizations.

"Pedro has been an outstanding lawyer at Ballard Spahr and has been an outstanding civic leader in Philadelphia," said David Cohen, Ballard Spahr chairman. "I have no doubt that he will be an outstanding addition to the excellent management team at Penn."

Mr. Ramos has served two one-year terms as president of the Philadelphia school board and three as vice president. In addition to his role with the Board of Education, he serves on the boards of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc., Mellon PSFS, and Philadelphia Futures. He has received the Leon J. Obermeyer Award and was selected as an Eisenhower Exchange Fellow.

He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1992.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 14, December 4, 2001


December 4, 2001
Volume 48 Number 14

President Rodin has named a Philadelphia lawyer and Penn alumnus as the new vice president and chief of staff.
The Gender Equity Committee's Report on the status of women faculty at Penn concludes that problems reside primarily in individual departments rather than at the University-wide level.
The President and Provost reply to the Gender Equity Report and indicate an effort to work more closely with the deans to correct departmental inequities.
The University Council Open Forum will include topics of concern to various constituencies including staff and students.
Fire and Emergency Services has a new director with decades of experience.
The Division of Public Safety's Advisory Board makes recommendations concerning enforcement of PENNCard policies.
Dr. Thomas McNair Scott, a pioneering pediatric researcher and professor, dies at the age of 100 after an extensive career.
The new Faculty/Staff Directory is out and its cover celebrates the 125 Years of Women at Penn.
The report of the Ombudsman compares the cases of conflict handled by that office over the past several years.
Retirement Seminars will be held this week for faculty and staff who want to prepare for the future.
Flu shots will be available to faculty and staff; registration is required.
Penn's Way weekly raffles are underway; the deadline for the next one is Friday