Penn State professor Daniel Hagen has been appointed the executive director of the University Faculty Senate as of Jan. 1.
Hagen will replace Susan Youtz, who has served as the executive director since 2001 and will retire Dec. 31 after more than three decades at Penn State.
Hagen served as chairman of the senate in 2011-12 and was held the immediate past-chair seat in 2012-13. He’d also served three terms on the senate, which is the university’s highest governing body for academics. Hagen is an animal science professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and in addition to his teaching and research, he’s an interim assistant dean in the college and the graduate programs coordinator for animal sciences.
Provost Nicholas Jones praised Hagen as an excellent choice, pointing to his leadership and familiarity with the senate and the university.
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Youtz was recognized at the Faculty Senate meeting Tuesday, and her colleagues honored her with giving her emerita status. The faculty also gave her a standing ovation when President Rodney Erickson announced her retirement.