Barbara Hewitt has been named Executive Director of Career Services. Dr. Hewitt, currently Senior Associate Director, will assume her new position in August after the retirement of longtime Career Services Director Patricia Rose.
“Barb demonstrated clearly that she has the experience and vision to lead Career Services through this important transition,” said Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum. “Her extensive relationships with employers and the campus community make her a valuable asset for Penn.”
“I’m incredibly excited to continue to work with Penn students, alumni, staff and faculty in my new role,” Dr. Hewitt added. “I look forward to further building upon the already strong services provided by the office in the future.”
Dr. Hewitt has worked for Career Services since 1998, being promoted from a Career Counselor in the College of Arts and Sciences to Senior Associate Director overseeing placements for Wharton undergraduates. She oversaw a campus recruiting program with 400 employers and 13,000 interviews a year, and helped implement innovative technology to aid and streamline students’ job searches.
Prior to Penn, Dr. Hewitt worked in career centers at Dickinson College, the College of Wooster and Shippensburg University.
Dr. Hewitt earned her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Penn, writing her dissertation on the Effects of Academic Achievement, Extracurricular Involvement, and Work Experience on Entry-Level Employment of College Graduates. She holds a Master of Science in counseling from Shippensburg and a bachelor’s in psychology and Spanish from Dickinson.