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Spring 2017 Commencement

Saturday, May 6, 2017 
10:30 a.m., Gymnasium, Health & Wellness Building

Students who have completed their degree requirements for graduation in the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters, or plan to finish in summer 2017, are eligible to participate in the spring 2017 commencement ceremony.


Blannie E. Bowen, vice provost for Academic Affairs, Penn State University

Blannie E. Bowen, Ph.D., vice provost for Academic Affairs at Penn State University, will address graduates and attendees May 6 as the featured speaker at the 2017 Spring Commencement at Penn State Schuylkill.

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Keynote Speaker

Blannie E. Bowen, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Penn State University

Blannie E. Bowen, Ph.D., vice provost for Academic Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University, will deliver the main address at Penn State Schuylkill’s 2017 Commencement. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., May 6, in the gymnasium located inside the Health and Wellness Building.

Bowen joined the central administration at Penn State as vice provost for Academic Affairs, July 2004. He previously served in the University's Department of Agricultural and Extension Education in the College of Agricultural Sciences where he held the C. Lee Rumberger and Family Chair of Agriculture. He was also associate dean and senior faculty mentor in the Graduate School before he assumed the role as head of the department in 1998.

In his current position, Bowen works closely with the provost in areas that include faculty development, leadership training, tenure and promotion, executive searches and reviews, and other issues related to academic personnel. He serves as the provost's contact person for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the academic arm of the Big Ten Conference, and the University Faculty Senate on issues relating to faculty affairs, and is liaison for the University provost and president to the college deans and campus chancellors.

"For nearly three decades, Dr. Bowen has served Penn State in key roles in which his work and actions demonstrated his insightful leadership, high character and deep commitment to the University,” said Kelly M. Austin, chancellor, Penn State Schuylkill. “He consistently exhibits his dedication to the University and its people, possesses a passion for community outreach and partnerships, and generously shares his wisdom and experiences gained during his long and storied career.”

Bowen received his bachelor’s and masters of science degrees from North Carolina A&T State University and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, all in agricultural education.

Bowen has been the editor of two journals and has contributed to top journals in his profession. He has given many invited lectures, presentations and sessions that target faculty, staff and student development within an increasingly diverse society.

Before joining the Penn State faculty in 1988, Bowen was a member of the faculty at Mississippi State University from 1980-85 and then at Ohio State from 1985-88.

Bowen is married to Cathy Faulcon Bowen, who is also a professor at Penn State.


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