Paul deGategno, Director of Academic Affairs
The director of academic affairs position has a variety of responsibilities, including overseeing the curriculum and developing new program offerings, hiring and evaluating faculty, and more.
deGategno comes to the campus with more than 30 years of experience in higher education, including his most recent stint at Wesley College in Delaware, where he served as dean of the school of arts and sciences, as well as professor of English, since 2004. During his tenure at Wesley College, deGategno instituted a comprehensive faculty development program, and established an honors program.
Penn State Brandywine Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska said about the addition to the campus community: "Paul's experience and accomplishments as both an administrator and educator are highly impressive, and I anticipate that he will play a major role in helping the campus attract and educate the best and the brightest students as the campus moves forward," said Sophia Wisniewska. "The campus already has a first-rate faculty–-as evidenced by the fact that four professors have earned the University's Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching, most of any non-University Park location–-and I believe Paul will be able to continue and enhance our reputation in this area."
deGategno is happy to return to Penn State University, where he earned his Ph.D in English in 1975. "This is an exciting opportunity for me. I really like the college and the campus. In every respect it's an attractive place to be," he said. "One of the things I like about Penn State Brandywine is the diversity, both in the student population and programming. It's a wonderful teaching institution with an excellent faculty. I'm someone who loves to be in the classroom, and I'm thrilled to surround myself with people who feel the same way."
deGategno has written or co-written three books, including Critical Companion to Jonathan Swift: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work, as well as numerous book chapters and book reviews, many of which relate to Scottish history.