Penn State Mont Alto hires chief

March 06, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Penn State Mont Alto announced Thursday that David H. Goldenberg has been hired as the new campus executive director.

Goldenberg, 43, will take over the job on June 15, filling the post left vacant by Corrinne Caldwell.

Caldwell left last August to become vice president of Temple University in Philadelphia.

Goldenberg is chief academic officer of The Sage Colleges in Troy and Albany, N.Y., and dean of Russell Sage College, the undergraduate college for women.

"He's young, he's bright, and he's got some good ideas," said Robert Dunham, a senior vice president and dean of the Commonwealth Education System, who made the announcement.


With 22 years of experience in higher education, Goldenberg said he looks forward to sharing his knowledge and ideas with the Penn State Mont Alto community.

"Great ideas are sitting at Mont Alto right now," Goldenberg said. "My job will be to sit down with faculty, administration and staff and talk about their hopes and aspirations.

"My job is to energize the people, the campus and the community to maximize the strengths that are there," he said.

Goldenberg listed his top three commitments to the community and the college as: improving education, becoming a spokesperson for economic development, and promoting cultural life and arts in the surrounding communities.

A search committee - made up of members from Penn State's main campus at State College, Pa., the Mont Alto campus and campus advisory board chairman and Franklin County Commissioner Cheryl Plummer - began to look for a replacement nine months ago.

Goldenberg was chosen from among 130 applicants.

William Curley has been serving as acting campus executive officer since Caldwell resigned. He will return to his former position as director of continuing education and business services.

"This has been a great opportunity," Curley said. "I wouldn't have traded it for the world. But it's best for the campus to have a permanent CEO."

As academic officer, Goldenberg is one of five senior central officers of the multi-campus Sage Colleges, which has a combined enrollment of about 4,000 students. He has been responsible for academic and student affairs, enrollment management, registrar offices, libraries, administrative computing and academic technologies.

Before assuming positions at the Sage Colleges in 1991, Goldenberg was at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Ky., from 1986 to 1989, where he served as dean, assistant vice president of academic affairs, and associate provost for academic affairs.

From 1978 to 1986 he was at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., as director of the Center for Orientation, Advisement and Retention and the chair of the school's Academic Exploration Program.

Goldenberg was also a specialist in student affairs at the University of the State of New York, the State Education Department in Albany, from 1976 to 1978.

Goldenberg received his doctorate in education from Illinois State University and his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Hartford, in Connecticut. He has certificates of advanced study from Cornell University in labor law, Harvard University in educational management, and a post-doctoral certificate in art history from Oxford University.

He is a recipient of several academic awards and serves on a number of professional and community boards. Goldenberg has a wife, Leslie, and a son, Nathaniel "Nate," 14.

Penn State Mont Alto's total enrollment is approximately 1,250 students.

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