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Andrea Dowhower
Name
Andrea Dowhower
Interim Vice President
She, Her, Hers
Office of the Vice President
Office
210 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-865-0909
Bio

Dr. Andrea Dowhower is the interim Vice President for Student Affairs and has worked in higher education for over 30 years. She has her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Ohio State and an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Penn State. In 2004, Andrea returned to Penn State as Director of Student Affairs Research and Assessment, became Assistant Vice President in 2009, was promoted to Associate Vice President in 2017, and began the Interim Vice President role in February 2023.  As the University’s interim chief student affairs officer, she has oversight for the senior administrators, over 500 full-time staff and 28 administrative departments in Student Affairs. She serves on numerous committees at Penn State including the President’s Council.

Specialties/Interests

Oversees the following offices:

  • Administrative Services
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Information Technology
  • Financial Officer
  • Human Resources
  • Development
  • Commonwealth Campus Support
  • Research and Assessment
  • Piazza Center
Areas of Expertise
  • Higher education administration
  • Research in higher education
  • Assessment of programs, services and student learning
  • Developing student learning outcomes
  • Strategic planning and budgeting
  • Staff development and supervision
Darcy Rameker
Name
Darcy Rameker
Interim Associate Vice President
She, Her, Hers
Office of the Vice President
Office
206 Old Main
University Park. PA 16802
Contact
814-865-0575
Certifications/Credentials
  • Master of Arts, Leadership Studies
Andrews, Diane
Name
Diane Andrews
Interim Special Assistant
Office of the Vice President
Office
210 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-865-7661
Brian Patchoski
Name
Brian Patchcoski
Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
He, Him, His
Office of the Vice President Student Affairs Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Office
222J Boucke Building
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
  • Parents Program
Barry Bram
Name
Barry Bram
Interim Assistant Vice President
He, Him, His
Student Engagement Programs Office of the Vice President
Office
242 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-0638
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

Cochairs the Behavior Threat Management Team

Oversees the following offices:

  • Student Accountability and Conflict Response
  • Student Care and Advocacy
  • Student Legal Services
  • Off-Campus Student Support
  • Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response
  • Office of Fraternity and Sorority Compliance
Certifications/Credentials
  • Masters in College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University
  • Bachelors in Biology, Texas A&M University
Name
Jessica Fogleman
Administrative Support Assistant
She, Her, Hers
Office of the Vice President
Contact
814-863-0461
Millar, Jane
Name
Jane Millar
Administrative Support Assistant
Office of the Vice President
Office
206 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-865-7661
Name
Tonia Nevling
Administrative Support Coordinator
Office of the Vice President
Office
120 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-4926
Schall, Karen
Name
Karen Schall
Administrative Support Coordinator
Office of the Vice President
Office
206 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-6434
Stephanie Whitesell
Name
Stephanie Whitesell
Administrative Support Coordinator
She, Her, Hers
Office of the Vice President Student Affairs Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Office
222H Boucke Buliding
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-865-2059
Bio

Stephanie is an alum of Penn State's College of Health and Human Development (2004) where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Children, Youth and Family Services and is a current graduate student in the Masters of Public Policy program in the College of the Liberal Arts. After 11 years in the private, non-profit sector, providing services to under-served and low-income families, Stephanie's path led her to Penn State. She has been at Penn State serving in Administrative Support roles since September 2015 and in Student Affairs since November 2017.  

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her partner, Ben and their two cats, Suki and Oliver. She has two adult children, Kaitlyn and Milo/Nova, who have flown the nest but with whom she enjoys spending time playing Mario Kart or D&D online and visiting when she can. She also enjoys reading, cooking/baking, being outdoors, running, dancing, and shopping. Stephanie feels privileged to provide support for the overall Student Affairs DEI efforts of the University and is part of the onboarding committee. She loves being a part of the Student Affairs team as they continue to be a leader in providing services and support to the all students in the community at Penn State.

Wyatt, Ann
Name
Ann Wyatt
Executive Assistant
Office of the Vice President
Office
210 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-865-0909
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