University of Pennsylvania
Office of the University Secretary
Vice President and University Secretary
Ensures the continuity of strong volunteer leadership and University governance. Manages Trustee Affairs, Overseer Affairs 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, serves as Secretary of University Council and is manager of the Office. Responsible to the Secretary for programs and activities relative to the Trustees, Overseers, Commencement, Convocation, and other academic ceremonies and events coordinated by the Office. Advises on protocol for VIPs and dignitaries visiting the University.
Provides support for Overseer functions in the office. Responsible for leading office engagement in University ceremonies, such as Commencement and Convocation. Coordinates sending delegates to other university and college presidential inaugurations.
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 advisory boards. 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 and Overseer functions in the office. Serves as a contact point for Trustee communications and coordinates meeting participation.
Provides support for University Council functions in the office. Serves as a contact point for Diplomas.
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.
Associate Director of Communications
Responsible for writing and editing in support of all Office programs, including minutes of record for meetings of the Trustees and University Council. Administers the honorary degrees process for the University Council and Trustee Honorary Degrees Committees, and twice-yearly meetings of the Speaker Advisory Group for Commencement. Supports the work of the Vice President and University Secretary.