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Sophie Penney


Thomas Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-6480


  1. Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, Bowling Green State University
  2. M.A. Student Personnel Services
  3. B.S. Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Sophie is the Senior Program Coordinator and Lecturer for Penn State's all-online certificate programs in fundraising. Sophie is the first contact for students interested in the programs, she advises students, and she teaches several certificate program courses. Sophie is also the liaison with several other departments that employ courses or enable students to earn a concentration in fundraising or to earn a full certificate. Sophie has extensive experience in higher education administration in student affairs then in fundraising. Sophie has 20+ years of experience as a front-line fundraiser and leader and is now a consultant to nonprofits seeking to raise greater amount of money to change and save more lives. Sophie is actively engaged as a community volunteer, is an avid walker, reader, and movie goer and is married to Art Leach.

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