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John Romano to speak at commencement

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A new class of more than 150 Penn State Berks students will receive their baccalaureate and associate degrees on Saturday, May 15, 2010, at 10 a.m. in the Beaver Community Center when Penn State Berks holds this spring's commencement ceremony.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. John J.  Romano, Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses at The Pennsylvania State University. In this position, Romano has held responsibilities for academic and administrative leadership for 19 undergraduate campuses across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition, he chairs the Council of Campus Chancellors and serves on various other University committees, including the Academic Leadership Council, President's Council, University Faculty Senate, Facilities Naming Committee, and Facilities Resources Committee, to name just a few.     

Romano has been a leader in general education, where he has served as an executive council member, executive director, and finally as president of the Association for General and Liberal Studies, a national organization committed to undergraduate general education reform and innovation. He has spoken on many issues of general education at numerous state and national functions on topics including the changing role of higher education, trends in general education, and challenges and opportunities in higher education.

Prior to Romano's current assignment, he served as the Vice Provost and Dean for Enrollment Management and Administration and Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at The Pennsylvania State University, which included administrative responsibility for Enrollment Management and the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Student Aid, and University Registrar.  

From 1985 to 1993, Romano served as the Executive Officer at Penn State's York campus. He also served as Assistant and then Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Social Sciences in the College of the Liberal Arts, and for one year as the interim Director of the School of Journalism. Prior to his appointment at Penn State, Romano was the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Delaware.

Romano earned his B.S. in secondary education (physics) from the State University of New York, College at Oswego. He holds a M.S. from Springfield College in guidance and counseling and a Ph.D. in counselor education from Penn State.
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