Vice President and University Secretary
Ensures the continuity of strong volunteer leadership and University governance. Manages Trustee Affairs, Boards of Advisors and University Council. Directs key institutional and ceremonial programs including Commencement, Convocation and other special events. Manages the selection of Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients and issues diplomas. Maintains custody of the University seal and regulates the use of Penn's name, trademarks and insignia.
Lizann Boyle Rode
Associate Vice President
Is the principal deputy of the University Secretary and serves as Secretary of University Council. Responsible to the Secretary for programs and activities relative to the Trustees, Boards of Advisors, Commencement, Convocation, and University ceremonies. Advises on use of the University name.
Responsible for writing and editing in support of all Office programs, including minutes of record for meetings of the Trustees. Administers the honorary degrees process for the University Council and Trustee Honorary Degrees Committees. Supports the work of the Vice President and University Secretary.
Executive Assistant to the Vice President and University Secretary.
Director of Boards for Recruitment and External Relations
Works closely with Penn's Development and Alumni Relations Department to identify and cultivate potential volunteer leadership who might serve on School and Center Boards of Advisors. Represents the Office at meetings of advisory boards and acts as liaison to School and Center directors on board matters and governance.
Provides support for Trustee functions in the office. Serves as a contact point for Trustee communications and coordinates meeting participation.
Coordinator for External Relations and Ceremonies
Provides support for Boards of Advisors. Serves as a contact point for Commencement, Convocation and University Ceremonies.
Senior Director of Operations and Technology
Oversees Trustee communications and meetings, daily operations of the office, Commencement related activities, diploma production and Use of Name requests.
Coordinator for University Council and Diplomas
Provides support for University Council functions in the office. Serves as a contact point for Diplomas.