Named Directorships

Catherine Wanner, Barry Director of the Paterno Liberal Arts Undergraduate Fellows Program and Professor of History and Religious Studies

The position of director of the Paterno Liberal Arts Undergraduate Fellows Program, the college’s honors and leadership initiative, was endowed by Penn State alumnus Richard “Rick” Barry and his wife, Sue in 2011. Jack Selzer, the founding director of the Paterno Liberal Arts Undergraduate Fellows Program, was named the first Barry Director.

The endowment provides students with financial assistance to broaden global understanding through innovative study abroad, to expand career opportunities through expanded internships in major cities, and to work with top faculty on senior research projects, all experiences that enhance job market skills and graduate school opportunities.

Named for the University’s longtime head football coach, Joe Paterno, and his wife, Sue, the Paterno Liberal Arts Undergraduate Fellows Program is a landmark collaboration between the College of the Liberal Arts and the Schreyer Honors College, offering “an education for leadership” to students who accept the “Paterno challenge.” Go to the Paterno Fellows Program for more information.

Ted Toadvine, Nancy Tuana Director of the Rock Ethics Institute and Associate Professor of Philosophy

In 2011, Doug and Julie Rock of The Woodlands, Texas made a $5 million gift to support an endowed directorship in the Rock Ethics Institute. The Rock Ethics Institute was created by the Rocks with a $5 million gift in 2001.

Penn State alumnus Doug Rock and his wife, Julie chose to honor founding director of the Institute, Nancy Tuana, for the strategic advances under her leadership by naming the endowment the Nancy Tuana Directorship in the Rock Ethics Institute.

The endowment provides current and future support for strategic investments and new initiatives in programs, faculty, and students, such as retaining or recruiting the best faculty with supplemental funds, development of innovative new hands-on learning experiences for undergraduates; and seeding new graduate students in fledgling programs such as a dual degree bioethics Ph.D.

Former Named Directorships (retired or holding other titles)

Jack Selzer, Barry Director of the Paterno Liberal Arts Undergraduate Fellows Program and Professor of English

Nancy Tuana, Nancy Tuana Director of the Rock Ethics Institute and DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies

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