Madlyn Hanes to deliver Harrisburg spring 2018 commencement address

Dr. Madlyn Hanes

Madlyn Hanes, vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and executive chancellor at Penn State.

Credit: Penn State

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Penn State Harrisburg will hold its 2018 spring commencement at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. Approximately 780 degrees are expected to be conferred at the ceremony.

Madlyn L. Hanes, vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and executive chancellor at Penn State, will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony.

As vice president, Hanes has executive oversight for 20 campuses of the University.

Hanes joined Penn State in 1988 as the chief academic officer of Penn State Delaware County (now Penn State Brandywine). In 1997, she was named chief executive officer of Penn State Great Valley, and in 1998, founding head of its School of Graduate Professional Studies. From 2000-2010, Hanes served as chancellor of Penn State Harrisburg before assuming her current post.

Hanes holds the rank of professor and C.C.C. in speech-language pathology from the Professional Services Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She earned a bachelor of arts in English, master of arts in speech-language pathology, and doctorate in curriculum and instruction, with a specialization in language and literacy development, from the University of Florida.

She is the recipient of numerous awards for her community and organizational leadership, including Penn State’s Administrative Excellence Award. In 2008, the University of Florida honored her with its Distinguished Alumnus Award. Most recently, in 2015, Hanes received the Donna Shavlik Award for Advancing Women in Higher Education, presented by the American Council on Education, for her work as a national spokesperson and co-chair of the Council’s "Moving the Needle: Advancing Women Leaders in Higher Education" initiative.