SVPAA: Deans and Directors

The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty oversees many of the College's offices, services, centers and programs.

Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development
Kristi Kneas, Ph.D.

Phone 717-361-1555 - Email

The Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development (DAAFD) is a champion of faculty development and supports the faculty’s continued professional growth as teacher-scholars and experts in their field. Within a shared governance framework, the DAAFD evaluates faculty members and maintains expected standards of excellence in teaching, research, and service. Working with faculty leadership, the DAAFD ensures that academic excellence and student learning remain the primary focus of the institution.

Responsible to the DAAFD are the Director of the Young Center, Director of the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, Director of the Bowers Writers House, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.


Dean for Curriculum and Honors
W. Brian Newsome, Ph.D.

Phone 717-361-3740 - Email

The Dean for Curriculum and Honors provides leadership in support of the curriculum including the Elizabethtown College Honors Program to ensure a dynamic learning community. The Dean directs the Honors Program, Coordinates the Core Program including the First-Year Program, collaborates with appropriate offices and leaders on the Sophomore Year programming, oversees Prestigious Scholarships, Emergent Scholars Program, Stamps Scholars Program, and Scholarship and Creative Arts Day.  He/she chairs the Academic Standing Committee and implements decisions of the committee in collaboration with Academic Advising, oversees/manages the Dean's List, and Wed@11 programing. THe DCH serves as the College's liaison to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Dean of School of Continuing & Professional Studies
Rachel Finley-Bowman, Ph.D.

Phone 717-361-3750 - Email

The Dean of the School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies is the chief academic officer and chief administrator of the Edward R. Murphy Center for Continuing Education and Distance Learning. The Dean is responsible to the Provost and Senior Vice President for planning, implementing, and managing all of the School’s academic (credit) and non-academic (non-credit) programming, student policies, distance learning initiatives, identification, development, and assignment of the Center’s faculty, recruitment of adult learners by appropriate standards, evaluation and approval of all adult learner transfer credits to Elizabethtown College, evaluation of adult credit for prior learning, and final approval of the School’s candidates for graduation and degrees. The Dean also maintains the Center’s academic and professional standards. The Dean is further responsible for consulting and cooperating with the School’s Council on Academic Management that advises the Dean on the School's governance; the Dean also consults and cooperates with the School’s Advisory Council.


Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Planning
Kyle Kopko, Ph.D.

Phone 717-361-1990 - Email

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, the Associate Dean provides strategic oversight of the institution's research efforts to improve efficiencies and to inform decision making. He/she manages sponsored research initiatives, grant programs, undergraduate research initiatives, educational assessment activities, the institutional effectiveness reporting process for administrative units and the educational assessment process for academic units. The Associate Dean ensures that external reporting obligations are met in a timely manner; fosters and supports a campus culture of evidence-based decision-making that ensures alignment of resources with strategic priorities; offers grant writing seminars; provides consultation with individual faculty and staff on external grants, contracts and sponsored research opportunities; work with deans and academic departments to develop a robust summer undergraduate research program.

Responsible to the Associate Dean are the Director of Institutional Research, the Social Enterprise Institute and the IRB Coordinator.


Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Title IX
Armenta Hinton, Ph.D.

Phone 717-361-1179 - Email

The Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Title IX provides leadership for campus-wide equity initiatives and compliance with Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. He/she provides leadership to advance a welcoming climate for all members of the Elizabethtown College community; serves as a spokesperson and resource for issues related to diversity, inclusive excellence and Title IX; and provides support advocacy and leadership development/recognition for underrepresented groups on campus. Please visit the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Title IX webpage for more information.


Director, The High Library
Sarah Penniman, M.S.

Phone 717-361-1428 - Email

The Director of the High Library is a member of the college administration and reports to the Senior Vice President. The Director of the Library is responsible for the administration of the library including the budget and the entire library staff. With the advice and counsel of the Instructional Resources and Technology Committee, the she formulates library policies designed to improve library service and resources. Working closely with faculty and students the Director assesses library needs and plans for the development of a balanced collection of library materials, including books, periodicals, tapes, records, slides, and micro-text. She serves as a liaison between the Elizabethtown High Library and other area college libraries to strengthen library resources and services in the area.


Beverly Schmalhofer, B.S.

Phone 717-361-1422 - Email

The Registrar provides campus leadership in the area of academic services to students and administrative oversight for the Office of Registration and Records. The Registrar maintains official enrollment data of the College and serves as the official liaison with persons seeking information regarding student enrollment. She assists in the preparation of the College Catalog, the official College Calendar, the final exam schedule, and helps to facilities the faculty's academic advising responsibilities as these pertain to student course registration and completion of graduation requirements. In consultation with the SVPAA and Department Chairs, the Registrar implements the master schedule of classes for all terms/semesters throughout the year.