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Karen Pennington

Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life, Student Development and Campus Life

Student Center, 403

Dr. Karen L. Pennington was appointed Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life in 1998. She came to Montclair State University from the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she served in the same role. She has held various positions in student affairs at six institutions in four states, including Director of College Activities, Director of Residence Life, Associate Dean and Dean of Students and Vice President. Dr. Pennington received a BA and MA in history from the University of Scranton, a MEd in education counseling from Gannon University, and a PhD in educational administration from the State University of New York at Albany.

Dr. Pennington has served as a member of the Board of Directors of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and as Chair of the Board from 2003-2004. She has served as a member of and on the Board of Directors of the NASPA Foundation, a member of the Review Group of the National Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug and Violence Prevention (a U.S. Department of Education appointment), Chair of the NASPA Stevens Institute for Senior Effectiveness and as a member of the Advisory Board for Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill, PA; Board of Directors of the American Conference on Diversity and the Board of Trustees of the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA. Current appointments include the roster of Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program, Coordinator of the NASPA International Exchange Program, member of the Clery Center for Campus Safety Advisory Board and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Higher Education Law and Policy Center of Stetson University College of Law.

SDCL Division News and Initiatives

Division Initiatives

Preferred Name Project

OIT and the SDCL Technology Team will roll out a new NetID provisioning process that includes preferred name functionality across enterprise systems.

Access Control Upgrade

An upgrade of access control systems in Chapin Hall, Kasser Theater, the Child Care Center and University Hall will roll out this year.

National Student Exchange

Students can now study away in the USA, Canada and US Territories, through the National Student Exchange. The Office of International Engagement will accept applications for exchanges to begin spring and fall of 2019.

Academic Success Center

Strategic Program Review

In partnership with Academic Affairs, the Academic Success Center will be focused on a strategic review to ensure continued alignment with best practices and innovative approaches to streamline resources and services for students.

Auxiliary Services

Follett (University Bookstore) Discover

Follett Discover provides a set of online tools for easy access to course materials through integration with the Canvas Learning Management System.

Follett IncludeEd

IncludEd provides a digital key for all students enrolled in a My Math Lab course allowing them to obtain online materials for the first day of class and billing directly to their student account.

My Meal Plan

This new online purchasing and change tool is under construction with the goal for a soft launch mid-fall for spring ‘19 meal plans.