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Search Begins for New McKeesport Campus Head

Chem professor named interim chancellor

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
June 08, 2022
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Megan Nagel, an associate professor of chemistry and associate chief academic officer, will serve as interim chancellor of Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus, the university has announced. (Submitted photo courtesy Penn State University)


A national search has begun for a new chancellor of Penn State’s McKeesport campus.

Megan Nagel, an associate professor of chemistry and a member of the faculty since 2010, will serve as the interim chancellor of Penn State Greater Allegheny through June 30, 2023.

Nagel succeeds Penn State Greater Allegheny Chancellor Jacqueline Edmondson, who has stepped down to become the president of the University of Southern Maine.

“Penn State Greater Allegheny is an exceptional and diverse community of motivated students, faculty scholars and dedicated staff,” Nagel said in a prepared release. “I am honored to serve the campus in this interim role.”

Nagel is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and earned her Ph.D. from Penn State in 2006. Her research interests include chemical education and analysis. Nagel also has become active in participating in outreach to students who are considering science and technology careers.

She was the recipient of Penn State’s 2016 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. Nagel currently teaches general chemistry and introductory forensic science.

associate chief academic officer and associate professor of chemistry at Penn State Greater Allegheny, has been named the campus’ interim chancellor and chief academic officer through June 30, 2023. She succeeds Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Jacqueline Edmondson, who recently announced her departure to become the president of the University of Southern Maine.

 We will continue to provide access to a world-class education in a highly personalized and supportive environment. I look forward to growing campus relationships with the communities we serve and extending invitations to learn more about Penn State and the role Greater Allegheny plays in fulfilling the University’s land-grant mission.”

Nagel joined Penn State Greater Allegheny in 2010 as an assistant professor of chemistry. She received the George W. Atherton Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016 and earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 2018.

Kelly Austin, Penn State executive chancellor and vice president for commonwealth campuses, praised Nagel’s “student-centered approach” and called her the “ideal choice” to serve as interim chancellor.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Nagel has agreed to serve Penn State Greater Allegheny in this critical leadership role,” Austin said.  “She cares deeply about the Greater Allegheny campus and is committed to the success of its students, its faculty and staff, and the McKeesport community it serves.”

Nagel has served as the campus’ associate chief academic officer since 2020, supporting local faculty on the tenure track, managing the campus advising office, participating on the campus strategic planning steering committee, and helping to lead the campus’s digital fluency initiative.

Originally published June 08, 2022.

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