Our Staff

Our Staff

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MS. Kathy NazarenuS

Assistant to the Provost

Assists the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in the management of division activities related to faculty employment (recruitment, appointments, renewals, promotion, tenure, sabbaticals, grievances), budget administration, and short-term and long-term planning to advance University mission.  Budget responsibility for the Provost's Office and Commencement fund centers.


  • Academic Affairs Budget
  • Deans' Council
  • Staff Support for Meet and Discuss
  • Faculty Search Process/People Admin
  • Faculty-related Issues and Grievances
  • Faculty Job Descriptions and AWA
  • Committee Membership Lists/Elections
  • Faculty Director/Coordinator Appointments
  • Liaison with PASSHE Labor Relations and Legal
  • Academic Affairs Special Projects/Reports
  • Commencement Committee/Budge Oversight
  • Provost's Office Management
  • Maintenance of Electronic and/or Paper Files

Phone:  717-871-7464






Ms. Rachel Opala


Serves as the Executive Associate to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs with primary responsibility for the Provost's calendar, scheduling meetings, distributing incoming documents and information appropriately, sending announcements, and relieving the Provost of a variety of details pertaining to his/her academic leadership role and administrative responsibilities, and responding to numerous inquiries from various constituencies.  Coordination of customer service process.  Oversight of student workers.


  • Executive Cabinet
  • Council of Trustees
  • PASSHE Chief Academic Officers (CAO)
  • Provost's Calendar and Meetings
  • Correspondence and Announcements
  • Academic Affairs Customer Service Issues
  • Staff Search Process/People Admin
  • Coordination of Affiliation Agreements, MOU's, Program Reviews & Staff Performance Reviews
  • Oversight of Student Assistants
  • Fall Convocation and Special Events
  • Legal Counsel Monthly Scheduling
  • Maintenance of Electronic and/or Paper Files

Phone:  717-871-7576


MS. DONNA PETERS                                                                                                                             


Coordinates all academic-related human resource functions for all full and part-time faculty, which includes but is not limited to faculty searches, appointments,  performance evaluations, reappointments, post-tenure reviews, tenure, promotion and sabbatical leave processes.  Triennially, coordinates the chairperson election process.  Coordinates all student evaluations of faculty, face-to-face and online.  Confirms background check status with HR.  Updates Provost's Office and Faculty Grant websites.  Maintains paper faculty personnel files.


  • Faculty Contract Letters/People Admin/Background Check Confirmation
  • Evaluation, Reappointment and Post-tenure Review Processes
  • System Administrator, Interfolio
  • System Administrator, Class Climate
  • Promotion and Tenure Processes
  • Sabbatical Leave Process
  • Student Evaluation Process
  • Chairperson Election Process
  • Faculty-related Announcements
  • Faulty Grants Coordination and Support
  • Faculty Personnel File Maintenance
  • Webpage Updates

Phone:  717-871-7463