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Damon Sims
Name
Damon Sims
Vice President
Office of the Vice President
Office
210 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-865-0909
Bio

Damon Sims began as Vice President for Student Affairs on August 1, 2008 after serving in various administrative and teaching roles at Indiana University since 1982. Damon received his BA in Political Science and History, did graduate work in Journalism, and completed his Doctorate in Jurisprudence at Indiana University's flagship campus in Bloomington. He is a native of New Albany, Indiana.

Damon is an affiliate Associate Professor in both the Dickinson School of Law and the College of Education at Penn State. He is a licensed attorney who has served as an advocate on behalf of children and victims of abuse, consults with other colleges and universities about legal issues affecting students, and has served on various state and regional boards and commissions aimed at encouraging civic awareness and engagement among young people.

Damon is married to Suzette Sims, an attorney with the firm of McQuaide Blasko. The two share their home with two sons, Ethan and Nathaniel. Their first child, Matthew, died in infancy. The family sponsors the annual Matthew Vandivier Sims Memorial Lectures in conjunction with the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions at Indiana University. These lectures have featured the world's foremost scholars on legal and biomedical ethics, with particular attention to questions arising from end-of-life care.

Diane Andrews
Name
Diane Andrews
Associate Vice President
Office of the Vice President
Office
210 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-865-7661
Bio

Diane Andrews is an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, with over 30 years of experience in higher education. Previously, Diane served in the positions of Assistant Vice President of Housing, Food Services and Residence Life, and Senior Director of Residence Life at Penn State. She has also held positions in Student Affairs at Penn State Mont Alto and the University of Pacific in Stockton, California. Diane received her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington, and her B.S. from the University of Maine at Farmington. Having grown up in Maine, she loves going back home to the ocean, lakes and mountains. Diane lives in State College with her husband Robert, son Drew and their four dogs.

Specialties/Interests

Oversees the following offices:

  • Residence Life
  • Career Services
  • Health Promotion & Wellness
  • HUB-Robeson Center
  • Facilities and Staff Development
  • Student Engagement Programs
  • Student Activities
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
Andrea Dowhower
Name
Andrea Dowhower
Associate Vice President
She, Her, Hers
Office of the Vice President
Office
206 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-6434
Bio

Andrea Dowhower is an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and has worked in higher education for over 25 years. She has her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Ohio State and an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Penn State. Currently, she has oversight for the Parents Program, Campus Recreation, University Health Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services. She serves as the primary Student Affairs liaison with our 19 Commonwealth campuses and works directly with the Council for Commonwealth Student Governments and the Commonwealth Fee Board along with other University-wide initiatives.

Specialties/Interests

Oversees the following offices:

  • University Health Services
  • Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Campus Recreation
  • Parents Program
  • Commonwealth Campus Support
Brian Patchcoski
Name
Brian Patchcoski
Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
He, Him, His
Office of the Vice President Office of the Assistant Vice President
Office
LL011C HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-865-2059
Bio

As Assistant Vice President for diversity, equity and inclusion in Student Affairs, Brian is responsible for strengthening and furthering a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all students at Penn State. He provides strategic leadership for six Student Affairs units.

Throughout his career in higher education, Brian has worked to build educational opportunities around issues of student advocacy and development and a diversity of thought and human experience. While at Penn State he has worked to broaden the understanding of diversity and commitment to inclusive excellence not as separate entities, but rather as part of the larger tapestry of student life and experience.

Brian served as the assistant director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity from 2008-2012. Prior to returning to Penn State as the center’s director, he served as an associate dean of students at Cornell University focused on student support, sexual violence, and advocacy while also directing Cornell’s LGBT Resource Center and co-directing the Center for Intercultural Dialogue. Before joining Cornell, Brian was the founding director of the Office of LGBTQ Services and deputy Title IX officer at Dickinson College.

Brian received his master’s degree in higher education from Penn State and his bachelor’s degree in counseling and human services from the University of Scranton. He lives in State College with his husband Greg, their twins Declyn and Keegyn, and their two dogs.

Specialties/Interests

Student Engagement and Community Support

Diversity and Inclusion Education

University Chosen Name & Identity Process

Commonwealth Campus Coalition on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Oversees the following offices:

  • Adult Learner Programs and Services
  • Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development
  • Collegiate Recovery Community
  • Gender Equity Center
  • Paul Robeson Cultural Center
danny shaha
Name
Danny Shaha
Assistant Vice President, Student Rights & Responsibilities
Office of the Vice President
Office
120 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-4926
Bio

As Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Danny Shaha supervises offices focused on students' rights and responsibilities. He also cochairs the University's Behavioral Threat Management Team.
 
Prior to these appointments, Danny served as the Senior Director of the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) at Penn State for seven years. In this role, he oversaw the administration of the University’s conduct process at its primary campus in University Park, PA, as well as its 23 additional campuses across the Commonwealth and online, with a total enrollment of 99,000 students.

While serving as Senior Director of OSC, from January of 2012 to July of 2017, he served as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator at the University and helped to institute and formalize a comprehensive education, response, and prevention program. From November of 2015 to July of 2017, Danny served as the Interim Director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, working with staff to advise four councils that governed over 80 chapters with a membership of approximately 7,500 students.
 
Prior to joining Penn State, Danny worked in different capacities at The Ohio State University, Texas A&M University, and the College of William and Mary. He also served as a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2001 to 2004, specializing in counterterrorism and counterintelligence.

Specialties/Interests

Oversees the following offices:

  • Office of Student Conduct
  • Student Care and Advocacy
  • Student Legal Services
  • Off-Campus Student Support
  • Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response
  • Office of Fraternity and Sorority Compliance. 

Cochairs the Behavior Threat Management Team. 

Certifications/Credentials
  • Masters in College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University
  • Bachelors in Biology, Texas A&M University
Name
Marissa Duffy
Administrative Support Assistant
She, Her, Hers
Office of the Vice President Office of the Assistant Vice President
Office
LL011 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-865-2059
Name
Amy Lukens
Administrative Support Assistant
Office of the Vice President
Office
120 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-4926
Jane Millar
Name
Jane Millar
Administrative Support Assistant
Office of the Vice President
Office
206 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-865-7661
Karen Schall
Name
Karen Schall
Administrative Support Coordinator
Office of the Vice President
Office
206 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-6434
Name
Ann Wyatt
Executive Assistant
Office of the Vice President
Office
210 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-865-0909
Penn State Student Affairs
Office of the Vice President
Location

206 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
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