Donuts with the Dean
- Date 02/15/19
- Time 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
- Location Old Main Lobby
All Scholars are invited to join Dean Johnson, President Barron, Dean Whiteman from Smeal College of Business and Dean Hardin from the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications for "Donuts with the Dean".
This month Donuts with the Dean is going "on the road" to the lobby of Old Main. If you have never visited Old Main, this is your opportunity to see it and have donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and fresh fruit with our very special guests outside of the residence halls.
Eric J. Barron was named the 18th President of Penn State in 2014. An accomplished scientist with a long background in atmospheric and oceanic research, President Barron has lent his significant expertise to many national committees and federal agencies, including the National Research Council. His experience also includes over 20 years at Penn State, where he served as Dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences from 2002 to 2006.
As president of Penn State, Dr. Barron’s main focus has been on making our great public university even greater. To this end, he is advancing a number of key initiatives, including access and affordability, diversity and inclusion, engaged scholarship, economic development, and student career success. In recognition of his expertise and leadership, last fall he was named chairman of the Commission on Innovation, Competiveness and Economic Prosperity for the Association of Public Land-grant Universities.
Charles Whiteman,the John and Becky Surma Dean of the Smeal College of Business oversees all aspects of one of the largest business schools in the nation. He has more than 38 years of experience in higher education and business, assumed the leadership position at Smeal in July 2012. Prior to joining Penn State, he was senior associate dean for the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. During a career that began as an instructor at Iowa in 1980, Whiteman advanced through the faculty ranks to become a chaired professor and served in a variety of administrative roles including chair of the Department of Economics, director of the Institute for Economic Research, and interim dean.
His academic expertise is in macroeconomics, econometrics, and economic forecasting. He has conducted research that has been supported by a number of grants from the National Science Foundation, published dozens of academic papers, written two books, and served as associate editor of several economics journals. He has also advised the state of Iowa’s Department of Management on economic issues and served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Minneapolis.
Marie Hardin is professor of journalism and dean in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. She has been in the College since 2003, where she served as associate dean for five years before becoming dean. She also served as associate director for the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism and as director of the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication until 2014. She directed the College’s Center for Editing Excellence, affiliated with the Dow Jones News Fund, from 2005 to 2010.
Hardin’s work as a professional journalist includes work as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Georgia and Florida and as a writer for Georgia Trend magazine, where she covered environmental issues. She earned her Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Georgia, where she was named a Distinguished Alumni Scholar in 2013 by UGA’s Grady College. Hardin has taught courses focusing on the intersection of sports, media and society at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has also taught journalism skills and ethics-related courses. Her research concentrates on diversity, ethics and professional practices in sports journalism.