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Development Leadership

Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Rodney P. Kirsch, rpk6@psu.edu

Associate Vice President for Development, Central Offices
John Dietz, jld5@psu.edu

Associate Vice President for Development, Fundraising Units
David J. Lieb, djl120@psu.edu

Associate Vice President of Medical Center Development
Chief Development Officer for Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine
Kelly A. Altland, kaltland@hmc.psu.edu

Executive Director for Administration
Jean Songer, jmh8@psu.edu



The Office of the Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

116 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-4826
Fax: 814-863-7520

Rodney P. Kirsch, senior vice president for development & alumni relations, rpk6@psu.edu

Tresa Ciprich, assistant to the senior vice president, tad2@psu.edu
Jill Toto, administrative support assistant, jmd149@psu.edu
Brenda Walker, associate director for volunteer relations, blw9@psu.edu

Penn State’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations is a support unit of more than 300 employees working in institutional advancement to support Penn State’s goals and mission.

Administered by the senior vice president for development and alumni relations, the Division consists of various offices working synergistically in two major functional areas, the Office of University Development and the Penn State Alumni Association.

In concert with the colleges, campuses, and other units of the University, the Division of Development and Alumni Relations has responsibility for advancing the University’s overall mission of teaching, research, and outreach to alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations. This is done by informing alumni and other constituents about Penn State and involving them in the life of the University through effective communications, quality programs and services. In doing so, we strive to gain their support and encourage them to join in shaping Penn State’s future.

The Division’s mandate is to generate among key constituencies the attitudinal, financial, and behavioral support needed to realize the University’s goals and objectives.

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The Office of the Associate Vice President for Development, Fundraising Units

105 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-0694
Fax: 814-863-6258

David J. Lieb, associate vice president for development, djl120@psu.edu

Nancy Baldwin, administrative support assistant, njb13@psu.edu
Karen Helsley, executive assistant, klh50@psu.edu
Kathleen Tuttle, administrative support assistant, ket16@psu.edu 
  
Administered by the vice president for development and alumni relations, the Division consists of various offices working synergistically in two major functional areas: the Office of University Development and the Penn State Alumni Association.

In concert with the colleges, campuses, and other units of the University, the Division of Development and Alumni Relations has responsibility for advancing the University’s overall mission of teaching, research, and outreach to alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations. This is done by informing alumni and other constituents about Penn State and involving them in the life of the University through effective communications, quality programs, and services. In doing so, we strive to gain their support and encourage them to join in shaping Penn State’s future.

The Division’s mandate is to generate among key constituencies the attitudinal, financial, and behavioral support needed to realize the University’s goals and objectives.

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The Office of the Associate Vice President for Development, Central Offices

119 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-0965
Fax: 814-865-1700

John Dietz, associate vice president for developmentjld5@psu.edu   

Leslie Jackson, administrative support coordinator, lqj1@psu.edu
Shelly Spearly, administrative support assistant, sxs7@psu.edu

Administered by the vice president for development and alumni relations, the Division consists of various offices working synergistically in two major functional areas: the Office of University Development and the Penn State Alumni Association.

In concert with the colleges, campuses, and other units of the University, the Division of Development and Alumni Relations has responsibility for advancing the University's overall mission of teaching, research, and outreach to alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations. This is done by informing alumni and other constituents about Penn State and involving them in the life of the University through effective communications, quality programs, and services. In doing so, we strive to gain their support and encourage them to join in shaping Penn State’s future.

The Division’s mandate is to generate among key constituencies the attitudinal, financial, and behavioral support needed to realize the University's goals and objectives.

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The Office of the Executive Director for Administration

102 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-4854
Fax: 814-863-6258

Jean Songer, director, jmh8@psu.edu, 814-863-4850

Gail Durachko, financial officer, gsd3@psu.edu
Christine Spearly, financial coordinator, cts12@psu.edu, 814-865-0964

The Office of the Executive Director for Administration encompasses the areas of Donor Services, Finance, Information Systems, Human Resources, and Recruitment and Professional Education. Our primary role is to provide support and information to both our donors and colleagues, including:

  • gift acknowledgement and receipting
  • gift reporting
  • financial reporting
  • interpretation of existing Penn State policies and procedures
  • fundraising system upgrades and enhancements
  • recruiting and appointment of new employees
  • professional education and development of employees

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