After more than 42 years with the university, Fredric Leeds retired as chancellor of Penn State Shenango on Dec. 31.
Leeds began his career at the Shenango campus in 1971 as an assistant professor of French. For many years he also taught humanities, a course that became popular among students at the campus.
In 1987, Leeds was appointed director of academic affairs, a position that involved working closely with faculty and students. Before being appointed chancellor in 2005, Leeds served as acting executive officer twice during campus transition periods.
His community involvement included the Sharon Mayor’s Committee on the Arts, Penn Northwest Corp. Board of Directors, Industrial Information Institute for Education Board of Directors, and the Shenango Valley Urban League Board of Directors.
Leeds has received several awards and distinctions, including the prestigious Penn State Administrative Excellence Award in 2008. Most recently, he received a citation from the Shenango Valley Chapter of the Inter-Denominational Clergy Women’s Alliance Inc., for his years of commitment to social justice. Leeds earned his baccalaureate degree in French from Hunter College, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in French from Penn State. He also has the Certificat de Langue Fran ßaise from the Sorbonne in Paris.
“I have had a long and satisfying career at Penn State. I am pleased that my successor, Jo Anne Carrick, shares my commitment to the University, the Shenango campus and our community,” Leeds said.
Carrick assumed the leadership of Penn State Shenango on Jan. 1. The announcement of her appointment as campus director was made by Madlyn Hanes, vice president for Commonwealth campuses.
Carrick, who was an assistant professor of nursing at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, served as assistant director for academic planning and elearning and coordinator for nursing programs at Penn State Erie.
She has a doctoral degree in administration and leadership studies in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Penn State.
“Dr. Carrick brings to her new role nearly 25 years of dedicated service to Penn State, including 11 years at Penn State Shenango,” said Hanes. “We will benefit from her expertise and long-standing engagement in the University and our Commonwealth campuses.”
“I am thrilled to be coming back to the Shenango campus, where I was inspired to further my education in nursing,” stated Carrick. “Growing up in New Castle, I received my RN diploma in nursing from St. Francis Hospital and then my first job at Sharon Regional Hospital. It was during my time at Sharon Regional when I decided to take a course at Penn State Shenango. My first class was taught by Dr. Leonard Riforgiato. It was his class that energized me and made me realize that I wanted to continue my education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Penn State. It’s very fitting, I think, to be coming back to where it all began,” she said.