Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi visits Penn State Fayette

President Bendapudi meets with student leaders

Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi met with more than a dozen student leaders, including Maria Catalina, left, president of Penn State Fayette's Student Government Association.

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LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi visited Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus on Oct. 20 to complete her listening tour of campuses across Penn State.

During her visit, Bendapudi held town-hall sessions with community leaders and donors from around the region as well as faculty and staff. To conclude her visit, she held a luncheon with more than a dozen student leaders.

In her remarks, Bendapudi stressed her commitment to the success of Penn State’s 24 campuses, which she feels are essential to the economic development of their communities.

“There is not another institution like Penn State in the country. Ninety-six percent of the citizens of Pennsylvania live within 30 miles of a Penn State campus,” she said.

Bendapudi began her tenure as Penn State’s 19th president — the first woman and person of color to assume the role — on May 9. In a career spanning 30 years, she previously served as president of the University of Louisville, as provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas, and as executive vice president and chief customer officer for Huntington National Bank. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and an MBA from Andhra University in India and holds a doctorate in marketing from the University of Kansas.