Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

Donuts with the Dean

  • Date 11/30/17
  • Time 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Location Simmons Hall Lobby

Come out and join Dean Johnson, Dr. Nick Jones, Executive Vice-President and Provost, Dean Barbara Korner from Arts and Architecture and Associate Dean Tracy Hoover, from Agricultural Sciences, for Donuts with the Dean.

Be sure to stop by for a donut, piece of fruit, cup of coffee or hot chocolate and of course good conversations with Dean Johnson, our special guests, your fellow Scholars and our staff.


Dr. Nicholas P. Jones, Penn State’s Executive Vice President and Provost, reports directly to the President and serves as chief executive officer in the President’s absence. As the University’s chief academic and financial officer, he works closely with the President, other administrators, faculty, and staff to set academic priorities and allocate funds to move priorities forward. He also chairs the University Strategic Planning Council, which recently wrote and published Penn State’s University-wide strategic plan for 2016-2020.

Dr. Jones holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He came to Penn State in July 2013 from Johns Hopkins University, where he served as Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering.

Associate Dean Tracy Hoover is the Associate Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences. Tracy earned bachelor's and master's degrees in animal science from Delaware Valley College and Penn State, respectively. From 1985 to 1988, she taught agricultural education at Big Spring High School in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, before earning a doctorate in agricultural and extension education from Penn State and joining the Penn State faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education in 1990. In 1993, she left to teach in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida, where she taught courses in leadership development and teacher education. Hoover returned to the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education at Penn State in 2001, with responsibilities in youth leadership development and teacher education.

Dean Barbara Korner is dean of the College of Arts and Architecture. As dean of the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, Dr. Barbara Korner oversees multiple academic units plus the Center for the Performing Arts, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State Centre Stage, and Music at Penn’s Woods. The college offers more than 20 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in architecture, landscape architecture, art history, integrative arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and graphic design. With approximately 1400 undergraduate students, 200 graduate students, 200 faculty, and 100 staff, the College of Arts and Architecture boasts a strong presence on the University Park campus, offering hundreds of musical and theatre performances, visual arts exhibitions, and related events each year.

Before coming to Penn State in June 2007, Dr. Korner, who holds the rank of professor of theatre, served as associate dean for academic and student affairs in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida for seven years. While there, she also spent a year as interim dean. Her other academic administrative experience includes serving as dean of fine and performing arts at Seattle Pacific University and special assistant to the chancellor at the University of Missouri at Columbia, in addition to positions at Ohio University.

Dr. Korner holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary fine arts from Ohio University, a master’s in theatre performance, and an undergraduate degree in theatre production. She has been recognized as a distinguished alumna of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University. Her women’s history performances have been funded by humanities councils in both Missouri and the state of Washington. With Carla Waal, she is the co-editor of Hardship and Hope: Missouri Women Writing About Their Lives. She is the writer/performer of Responding to the Call: African-American Women Preachers. She has also performed dozens of stage roles in plays and musicals, as well as directed many university theatrical productions.

Cost: Free


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