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William D. Milheim
Campus Executive Officer and Associate Dean
Penn State Great Valley

William D. Milheim began his administrative career in higher education as the supervisor of equipment services in the College of Education at Kent State University. While also serving as a full-time instructional designer there, he supervised the daily operation of a technology-based teaching and service center. Upon completion of his doctoral degree, he accepted a faculty position at Bloomsburg University, where he became the assistant director of the Institute for Interactive Technologies, assisting in the supervision of a number of technology-based instructional development projects for both on-campus and external clients.

He next accepted a faculty position as the regional coordinator of the Instructional Systems program at Penn State Great Valley, where he scheduled courses, reviewed student applications, hired part-time faculty members, and promoted the program through various information sessions and printed materials. In the final year of this position, he was selected to serve as the overall coordinator for all of the College of Education programs at Penn State Great Valley, including the supervision of 3 academic programs (Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Systems, and Special Education), as well as state certification programs in 3 areas (Principalship, Supervisory, and Special Education) with 7 full-time and approximately 20 part-time faculty.

This position soon grew to become the academic division head for education, including the supervision of 3 additional full-time faculty and several staff members. During the next several years in this position, Milheim managed division enrollment targets, developed course and program offerings at Great Valley and other regional locations, and served on the senior administrative leadership team for the entire campus.

Milheim accepted his current role as campus executive officer and associate dean at Penn State Great Valley in July 2000, after serving as the acting head of the campus for the previous year. In this position, Dr. Milheim manages the overall campus including approximately 40 full-time and 75 part-time faculty in three academic divisions (Education, Engineering, and Management) and 1700 students in 11 academic programs and 3 state certification areas. He also directly supervises the administrative directors in the areas of continuing education: admissions and marketing, human resources and financial affairs, library services, and the computer center, with a total of nearly 70 full-time staff serving approximately 1700 non-credit students in the Delaware Valley region. In addition, he has significant responsibilities related to development efforts at Great Valley, including fund-raising for a variety of academic, administrative, and capital projects.

Significant milestones at Penn State Great Valley under his leadership have included the development of a New Ventures and Entrepreneurship Option in the Management program, the establishment of a faculty endowment in innovation and change (the first Penn State Great Valley faculty endowment), acceptance of significant financial pledges for the naming of the lobby and three classrooms in the new Safeguard Scientifics Building, and planned implementation of a doctoral program in special education (the first doctoral program at the campus). Exceptionally strong revenues have also been shown in various continuing education offerings, particularly in several technology-based areas.

Finally, Milheim's academic qualifications as a tenured faculty member include successful undergraduate and graduate teaching at 3 different universities, over 40 journal articles (25 of them refereed), an edited book, and 6 book chapters related to the design, development, and utilization of instructional technology. He has also worked on a number of grants, including an equipment grant funded for over $100,000, and has more than 100 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.

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