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Dean of College of Education to speak at commencement

David Monk
Dr. David H. Monk

Dr. David H. Monk, Professor of Educational Administration and Dean of the College of Education at Penn State, will be the keynote speaker at the Penn State Berks spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the Beaver Community Center. A new class of more than 150 Penn State Berks students will participate in the ceremony, receiving their baccalaureate and associate degrees. More than 200 students will have earned their degrees from Penn State Berks this May.

Monk earned his A.B. in 1972 at Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in 1979 at the University of Chicago, and he was a member of the Cornell University faculty for 20 years prior to becoming dean at Penn State in 1999.  He has also been a third grade teacher and has taught in a visiting capacity at the University of Rochester and the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France.

He is the author of Educational Finance: An Economic Approach (1990); Raising Money for Education: A Guide to the Property Tax (1997); and Cost Adjustments in Education (2001), in addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals. He was the inaugural co-editor of Education Finance and Policy–the journal of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (MIT Press) and serves on the editorial board of that journal in addition to serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Education Finance, Educational Policy, and the Journal of Research in Rural Education.

Monk consults widely on matters related to educational productivity and the organizational structuring of schools and school districts and is a past president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy.

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