After more than 42 years with Penn State University, Dr. Fredric Leeds will retire as chancellor of Penn State Shenango on Dec. 31. Dr. Jo Anne Carrick, a New Castle native and former Shenango campus teacher, will assume the leadership role as campus director.
The university announced Leeds’ retirement and Carrick’s appoinment Monday morning by news release.
Leeds began his career at the campus in Sharon in 1971 as an assistant professor of French and for many years also taught humanities. In 1987, he was appointed director of academic affairs, a position that involved working closely with faculty and students. Before being appointed chancellor in 2005, Leeds served as acting executive officer twice during campus transition periods.
His community involvement included the Sharon Mayor’s Committee on the Arts, and serving on the boards of Penn-Northwest Corp., Industrial Information Institute for Education and the Shenango Valley Urban League
Leeds has received several awards and distinctions, including the Penn State Administrative Excellence Award in 2008. Most recently, he received a citation from the Shenango Valley Chapter of the Inter-Denominational Clergy Women’s Alliance Inc. for his years of commitment to social justice.
Leeds earned his bachelor’s degree in French from Hunter College and his master’s and doctoral degrees in French from Penn State. He also holds the Certificat de Langue Francaise from the Sorbonne in Paris.
“I have had a long and satisfying career at Penn State. I am pleased that my successor, Dr. Jo Anne Carrick, shares my commitment to the university, the Shenango campus, and our community,” Leeds said.
Carrick will assume the leadership of Penn State Shenango on Jan. 1.
Carrick, who is an assistant professor of nursing at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, serves as assistant director for academic planning and e-learning, and coordinator for nursing programs at Penn State Erie. She holds a doctoral degree in administration and leadership studies in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Penn State.
“Dr. Carrick brings to her new role nearly 25 years of dedicated service to Penn State, including 11 years at Penn State Shenango,” said Hanes. “We will benefit from her expertise and long-standing engagement in the university and our commonwealth campuses.”
“I am thrilled to be coming back to the Shenango campus where I was inspired to further my education in nursing,” stated Carrick. “Growing up in New Castle, I received my RN diploma in nursing from St. Francis Hospital and then my first job at Sharon Regional hospital. It was during my time at Sharon Regional when I decided to take a course at Penn State Shenango. My first class was taught by Dr. Leonard Riforgiato. It was his class that energized me and made me realize that I wanted to continue my education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Penn State. It’s very fitting, I think, to be coming back to where it all began.”
Carrick will be reacquainted with her colleagues and the campus over the next several weeks.