Penn State Fayette's new leader completes first month on the job

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To say that Charles Patrick has been a very busy man over the past 30 days would be an understatement. But for the new chancellor and chief academic officer of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, there are numerous people to meet, places to go and things to learn — and he is ready for the challenge.

“I am thrilled for the opportunities at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus,” said Patrick. “The position of chancellor and chief academic officer is relatively new at Penn State, and I am excited about this dual leadership role. It affords me the opportunity to lead the campus while maintaining close ties with Academic Affairs.” 

Patrick comes to Fayette County from the opposite end of Pennsylvania, where he was chief academic officer and professor of engineering at Penn State Worthington Scranton. His appointment as Penn State Fayette’s chancellor and chief academic officer was announced in April, after an extensive search for a strong administrator and educator.

“Dr. Patrick brings broad experience as an academic and administrative leader. His expertise in program and curriculum development and advancing student success complement the longstanding strengths of Penn State Fayette,” said Madlyn Hanes, Penn State vice president for Commonwealth Campuses. “His knowledge of Penn State and his shared commitment to community and student engagement will serve the campus well.”

A native West Virginian, Patrick has a personal connection to an industry that is important to this region, having worked at both underground and surface coal mines. As an engineering assistant, he conducted surveys and assembled and operated heavy equipment during five of his summer breaks from college.

Patrick is a graduate of the West Virginia Institute of Technology, West Virginia University, the University of Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, where he earned his doctorate in engineering. He spent three years on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and then moved to Morehead State University in northeast Kentucky. At MSU, he progressively moved through the faculty ranks to professor and then into administration. He completed MSU’s President’s Leadership Academy in 2007, when he also was named a Kentucky Colonel, the highest honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

William Blaney, president of the Penn State Fayette Advisory Board, commented on Patrick’s impressive academic and career accomplishments: “In Charles, we are getting a seasoned Penn State administrator whose service at the Scranton campus was the ideal preparation for his appointment as the chancellor and chief academic officer at the Fayette campus. I am looking forward to working with him to expand Penn State's brand here in Fayette County.”

Patrick also is looking forward to something: a long tenure at Penn State Fayette. He and his wife, Martha, have already put down roots in Fayette County, recently completing the purchase of a home in Uniontown.

“My wife and I are very happy to return to this region of Pennsylvania after so many years,” said Patrick. “We have found the campus and community to be warm and welcome. I hope to enhance existing partnerships and to develop new ones with the campus and the community. We hope to spend many years with Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.”

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