Penn State names chief academic officer for online programs

Penn State Outreach and Online Education announced today (April 3) the establishment of a new leadership position to oversee the academic unit within the World Campus.

Renata S. Engel, associate dean for Academic Programs and professor in Penn State’s College of Engineering, will assume the role of associate vice provost for Online Programs, effective June 1.

Engel will help advance new online undergraduate and graduate offerings, including noncredit programs and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), to students across the country and around the world.

Engel joins an outstanding team of World Campus administrative leaders and will have specific responsibilities for the World Campus academic unit, including all online programs, academic advising and faculty development. She will report to Craig Weidemann, vice president for Outreach and vice provost for Online Education.

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