Dr. Hanley first candidate for LHU pres.

Four coming to campus next week

From staff reports

LOCK HAVEN – Dr. Rodney Hanley is the first of four candidates for Lock Haven University president who will come to the campus next week for interviews and forums with faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Dr. Hanley is currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. He has a prolific resume of education and experience, having studied at Cornell University, Harvard University, University of Manitoba and Lakehead University in Canada.

He has also worked at Lakehead, plus the University of Winnipeg, Canada, the University of North Dakota, University of Kansas, Washington State University and Eastern Illinois University. His positions include acting vice president, dean of science, department chair, director of graduate studies, professor of biology and associate professor.

Fisk University has an approximate annual budget of $45 million with 27 academic units, 47 faculty members, 37 contract faculty members, 138 support staff, and about 1,000 students.

Fisk is a private, historically black university founded in 1866 and is regarded as a founding member of the “Black Ivy League,” according to Dr. Hanley’s resume.

It was first HBCU in the nation to be designated as a Phi Beta Kappa institution and it offers bachelors and masters degrees.

Fisk ranks number No. 4 among all liberal arts colleges in the U.S. for research funding according to the U.S. Department of Education

Dr. Hanley’s day on Tuesday will start as follows:

r 9 to 9:55 a.m. – Staff open forum.

r 1 to 1:55 p.m. – Student open forum.

r 2 to 2:55 p.m. – Faculty/Coaches open forum.

Dr. Hanley earned his doctorate in biology, with a focus on entomology, from the University of Kansas in 2001. Many of his publications focus on studies in sustainability, biodiversity, and entomology — but he also has an interest in artificial intelligence and the ways AI can assist in our understanding of the environment surrounding us.

Dr. Hanley has maintained current membership in five research societies:

r Canadian Knowledge Research Network.

r Cambridge University Sustainability Network.

r Central States Entomological Society.

r The Coleopterists Society.

r American Institute of Biological Sciences.

He also maintains current memebership in the following societies:

r Human Rights Campaign

r International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

r American Civil Liberties Union

r National Eagle Scout Association

This all paints a picture of the candidate’s interests from an academic and personal viewpoint, but his curriculum vitae offers still more.

Dr. Hanley is a veteran, having served as a sergeant and squad leader of the 233rd military police company, 1st Infantry, from 1985-1991. His National Guard unit was called to active duty during the Persian Gulf War, where he conducted battlefield circulation control, area security, prisoner of war operations, route security, and checkpoint control.

He was discharged honorably, and received various medals, ribbons, and badges, including the Kuwait Liberation Medal, which was awarded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Prior to his service, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1982.

As an administrator, Dr. Hanley shows a modern focus in university development, with an emphasis on freshman retention and connecting students with careers post-graduation.

At Fisk University, freshman retention increased 11 percent from 2014 to 2017, to 81 percent total.

Dr. Hanley also worked to generate new majors at Fisk in response to both student and employer demands.

His curriculum vitae refers to a new program evaluation system he considers a major accomplishment as being “career-focused within a liberal arts foundation.”

Three additional candidates are invited to campus to meet with constituents later next week and likely will follow a very similar schedule of open forums on Feb. 28, March 1, and March 2.

The university is using its website at www.lockhaven.edu to reveal the identities of the candidates 48 hours prior to their visits.

Additionally, the university will provide a live, online streaming of the forums for stakeholders who must register online first.

Those viewing live for their respective forum can participate in the discussion by sending questions by email to the candidate to presidentsearch@lockhaven.edu.

These forums will only be live for 24 hours after each candidate leaves the campus, so interested parties should prioritize accordingly.

The university asks that those registering include their name and department (or major for the student forum) for their question to be communicated to the candidate.

Furthermore, there will be a “Provide Feedback” button available for each candidate, which is also only available for just 24 hours following the candidate’s visit.