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LPS Director to Columbia University
September 15, 2009, Volume 56, No. 03

Kristine Billmyer, associate dean for Continuing Education and executive director of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS), has accepted the position of Dean of the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University.

SAS Dean Rebecca Bushnell said, “This is a very exciting opportunity for Kristine, one that I know she will take on with the same vision, energy and commitment to academic excellence that she has demonstrated during her 27 years at Penn. It is these same attributes, however, that make her departure a great loss for SAS. Since becoming associate dean in 2005, Kristine has led a remarkable renaissance in LPS marked by the reinvigoration of existing undergraduate and master’s programs, the development of new academic offerings that feature innovative curricula and formats, and the forging of new partnerships across Penn and around the world.”

“The change in name last year from the College of General Studies to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies embodied the evolution in the academic mission of this vital part of the School of Arts and Sciences and the University as a whole. Kristine and LPS have now become recognized nationally and internationally for that spirit of innovation and desire to make a difference in the world that marks Penn.”

Until the School identifies permanent leadership for LPS, Nora Lewis, currently the LPS director of enrollment management, will assume the role of interim executive director, reporting to Dennis DeTurck, dean of the College. She will undertake these duties in mid-September.  Dean Bushnell concluded, “We are all grateful to Nora for her willingness to take on this important responsibility.”


Almanac - September 15, 2009, Volume 56, No. 03