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Chancellor Speece recognized by NAPW

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Penn State Berks Chancellor Susan Phillips Speece was recently named "Woman of the Year" by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) in the category of education for 2010-2011.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is one of the most exclusive and rapidly growing associations of female executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs in the United States. They span almost every industry, including health and medicine, education, advertising and public relations, manufacturing, publishing, communications, entertainment, law, and more.

Under Speece's leadership, the college has added several new baccalaureate programs, student-centered initiatives, and campus improvements. The athletics program became a full member of NCAA Division III, and enrollment has increased by 40 percent.

Immediately prior to joining the college, Speece served as the associate dean of instruction and dean of the Division of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering at Fresno City College in Fresno, California. Prior to that position, she served as head of the biology department at Anderson University, a private, liberal arts school in Indiana, and taught biology at Purdue University, where she had earned a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in chemistry and biology. She earned her Ed.D. in education and biology from Ball State University, and completed an National Science Foundation (NSF) post-doctoral fellowship at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Speece has an impressive background as an academic administrator and is nationally recognized for her contributions to science education. Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), her key areas of scholarship include AIDS and AIDS education, cell adhesion, proteins, and ecological diversity.

The author of more than thirty publications including two books, Speece has received funding for fourteen grants, including those from the NSF, the Lilly Foundation, and the Commission on Higher Education.

Speece has been actively involved in many civic and community organizations, including serving as a member of the Berks AIDS Network board, the Caron Treatment Committee, Berks Economic Partnership, and the Senior Arts Council. She worked with the United Way, served and chaired the Higher Education Council of Berks County from 2004-2006, and participated in a wide variety of community functions.
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