Snider named chancellor of Penn State New Kensington

March 21 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Kevin J.G. Snider, chief of staff and executive assistant to the president for strategic planning, institutional research and effectiveness at Indiana State University, has been named chancellor at Penn State New Kensington.

"We are fortunate to have the experience and leadership, as well as the strong background in strategic planning and administrative assessment that Dr. Snider brings to Penn State," said John Romano, Penn State vice president for Commonwealth Campuses. "We are pleased to welcome his leadership to Penn State New Kensington."

Snider received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from San Francisco State University. He received his doctorate in political science from The American University, Washington, D.C. He began his academic career as an admissions counselor at the College of Notre Dame. He was a professor and research analyst at The American University before he moved to Indiana State University, where he served as a director of institutional research and testing, assistant vice president of institutional research and assessment, executive assistant to the president for strategic planning, institutional research and effectiveness, and then as interim associate vice president for enrollment management. He was named to his current position in 2007 where he oversees the office of the president's operations, coordinates the university's federal, state and local relationship efforts, as well as oversees institutional planning, research and assessment functions.

Snider has research interests in student behavior and strategic planning, particularly in the areas of student success and direction setting.

“This is a tremendous opportunity, and I'm very grateful to the people of Penn State for giving it to me. While I am excited about this opportunity, Sarah and I are sad to be leaving ISU and Terre Haute. I am amazed at the progress that has been made here, and we believe this is a terrific place to live, work, learn and raise a family,” said Snider.

Snider indicated that his 13 years at Indiana State prepared him for the chancellor’s position.

“It has been a tremendous privilege and honor to have served this University, and I am forever grateful to faculty, staff, students, the administration, and especially Marilyn Schultz and Lloyd Benjamin, who gave me opportunities to gain the skills I will need in my new role,” said Snider.

Indiana State University President Lloyd Benjamin praised Snider’s leadership in strategic planning and in advancing the university.

“Kevin is a person of great ability and multiple talents, and he has been instrumental in moving our University forward. This is a very advantageous career move for him and an astute choice by Penn State. We wish him the very best in this important transition in his life,” said Benjamin.

Snider, whose appointment is effective July 1, succeeds Larry Pollock who is retiring from Penn State New Kensington after 35 years of administrative service to the University.

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CONTACT: Kevin J.G. Snider, ksnider@isugw.indstate.edu, (812) 237-2506

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Kevin J.G. Snider, chief of staff and executive assistant to the president for strategic planning, institutional research and effectiveness at Indiana State University, has been named chancellor at Penn State New Kensington.

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