Penn State

Penn State announces interim appointments to research, graduate school posts

Penn State has appointed two administrators to temporarily fill the posts that will be left vacant with the departure later this summer of Hank Foley, the university’s vice president for research and graduate school dean.

The interim appointments of Neil Sharkey as vice president for research and Regina Vasilatos-Younken to the dean of the graduate school take effect Aug. 1, President Rodney Erickson said.

Foley is taking an administrative position with the University of Missouri system, and Penn State will conduct a national search later this year for one person to fill both roles, the university said.

Sharkey is the associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Health and Human Development.Vasilatos-Younken is the graduate school’s senior associate dean.

With the interim appointment, Sharkey will oversee research at Penn State whose expenditures totaled $808 million in 2012, an all-time high.

Vasilatos-Younken takes over direction of the graduate school that has 13,500 students system-wide.