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Penn State Schreyer Honors College dean to step down

Christian Brady, dean of the Schreyer Honors College, will step down from the position at the end of the month.
Christian Brady, dean of the Schreyer Honors College, will step down from the position at the end of the month. Centre Daily Times, file

Penn State will be losing a longtime administrator this month.

On Tuesday, Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady announced he will be leaving his position effective May 31.

Now is a good time for a break, a time to complete projects and consider what future opportunities might be ahead of me.

Christian Brady

“For all 19 years of my academic career, I have carried responsibilities of administration. That has meant pursuing promotion and tenure, teaching, publishing — all while also being an administrator and without a sabbatical. Now is a good time for a break, a time to complete projects and consider what future opportunities might be ahead of me,” Brady said in a statement.

Brady has been leading the college since 2006. According to the university, “the college has been recognized as one of the top honors colleges in the nation.”

“We are considered one of the best honors colleges in the nation. Part of that is that we are part of Penn State but then add in this concentration that becomes the honors college,” Brady said in a Centre Daily Times interview last year.

According to a Public University Honors Press assessment cited by Examiner.com in 2014, Schreyer is among the seven highest-rated honors programs in the country. It joins other top programs, like Michigan, Virginia and Arizona State, and tops other leading schools, including fellow state-related Pennsylvania college Temple.

According to Penn State, “the college was recently ranked among the nation’s premier institutions by Public University Honors Press by receiving eight out of eight mortarboards for program excellence, along with only six other programs in the country.”

This month, Schreyer gave out 435 scholar medals at commencement, with 99 percent of its Class of 2016 graduating cum laude.

Under Brady, Schreyer has also become home to high-profile students who pull in prestigious honors. An increasing number of Penn State students have been receiving Fulbright, Marshall and Gates Cambridge scholarships. Others have gone to major study opportunities, like working at CERN in Switzerland.

“We appreciate all that Dean Brady has done on behalf of the college over the past 10 years, as the college gained recognition and flourished,” said Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones. “He has laid a strong foundation for his successor to bring equal enthusiasm to the position and care just as deeply for the students as Chris has done.”

Brady lost his almost 9-year-old son to a blood infection in 2012, prompting the creation of the Mack Brady Soccer Fund, with a Penn State men versus women game in the fall and a soccer clinic in January.

“Much has happened in my own life in the last few years. My wife and I have been extremely busy and as our daughter graduates from high school and begins her Penn State career it is time for me to consider my future. Stepping down at this time also will give me the opportunity to consider what the future might be for me as an administrator and/or academic,” Brady said.

An interim dean will be appointed.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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