Pennsylvania State University (PSU) has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure a University Planner within the Division of Campus Planning and Design. The scope of responsibilities includes University Park and the 19 Commonwealth Campuses, the Hershey Medical Center, and the Dickinson School of Law. The Division of Campus Planning and Design, within the Office of Physical Plant, is responsible for maintaining the highest standards of design quality for all buildings and civic spaces throughout the university system. This position reports to the Director of Campus Planning & Design and works with Senior Administration, Academic Units, Auxiliary Units, Physical Plant leadership, municipal officials, in-house and consultant project managers and designers, and a wide variety of university customers. A strong commitment to diversity and inclusion is required.
PSU, founded in 1855, is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution and its largest public university. PSU's land-grant mission embraces teaching, research, and public service in order to support the citizens of the Commonwealth, collaborating with industrial, educational, and agricultural partners to create, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge that is valuable to society. The university generates approximately $8.5B in direct and indirect economic impact annually within Pennsylvania. The institution has over 500,000 active alumni.
PSU has 24 campuses across the Commonwealth employing 17,000 faculty and staff and serving 100,000 students. Most campuses offer the first two years of baccalaureate instruction as well as a limited number of four-year degree programs. More than half of the undergraduates who complete studies at the main campus in University Park start at another Penn State campus. The university includes Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies, Penn State College of Medicine at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Law (University Park), Dickinson Law (Carlisle), Penn State World Campus (online programs), and the Pennsylvania College of Technology. The university encompasses more than 23,000 acres and more than 1,784 buildings statewide, including 7,343 acres and 947 buildings at University Park.
PSU, ranked the 14th best public university by U.S. News and World Report (2017), receives $801M in total research support, of which $510M comes from federal sources. It consistently ranks near the top nationally in annual spending on science and engineering research. It generates nearly $2B into Pennsylvania’s economy each year in new technologies, jobs, taxes, and other impacts.
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