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Penn State Vice President & Dean For Undergraduate Education Robert Pangborn Retires

Penn State Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education Robert Pangborn will retire in December after 41 years with the university, according to a news release.

Pangborn came to Penn State as an assistant engineering mechanics professor in 1979 and later became a full professor in 1990. He also served in a number of leadership positions as the College of Engineering’s associate dean for undergraduate studies, a member of the Faculty Senate, and interim executive vice president and provost, among others.

He later led Undergraduate Education for nearly 15 years and helped organize student orientation and transition programs on top of undergraduate research.

“The opportunity to serve this University for over four decades has truly been an honor,” Pangborn said. “I have been fortunate to have had accomplished mentors and to work with dedicated and talented teams along the way, as well as so many other colleagues who are committed to enhancing the student experience and furthering students’ achievement and success.”

With a doctoral and master’s degree in mechanics and materials science from Rutgers University, Pangborn’s dedication to engineering was well expressed during his career at Penn State. He made over 90 publications on his research in engineering and materials science. The American Society of Engineers granted him a fellowship, another organization where Pangborn took up numerous leadership positions.

Outside of academic life, Pangborn spent 20 years as a volunteer for the Alpha Fire Company of State College. He was a founding member of the State College Sunrise Rotary, contributed to the Board of Centre County United Way, and was a vice-chair of the PA College of Technology board of directors.

In a statement, Penn State President Eric Barron said Pangborn will be remembered for his dedication to improving the university.

“He has guided our Division of Undergraduate Education through exceedingly difficult times with innovative policies and an unflappable demeanor,” Barron wrote. Penn State’s enrollment has grown, the quality of our students continues to rise and our institution is well-prepared to tackle whatever the future holds. We will miss Rob’s daily presence, but wish him the best as he begins a new chapter in his life.”

Penn State said it will begin a national search for a replacement.

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