The Office of the University Secretary supports effective University governance, managing the work of the University Trustees, its leadership and its committees. The Office also supports the efforts of Penn’s 16 School and Center advisory Overseer boards.
Working closely with Trustee Board Chair David L. Cohen, President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vince Price and as well as Penn’s Deans, Center Directors, and Development and Alumni Relations Offices, our Office seeks to ensure the continuity of Penn’s dedicated and diverse volunteer leadership through board cultivation and development, and board member engagement through effective meeting planning and communication.
The Office of the University Secretary also manages the work of the University Council and its committees.
Our Office also directs key institutional and ceremonial programs such as Commencement and Convocation, oversees the Honorary Degree, Medal for Distinguished Achievement and Commencement speaker selection processes, issues all University diplomas, provides visitor protocol assistance, and manages other special events.
In addition, the Office of the Secretary manages all aspects of the processes by which questions of Divestment and Proxy Voting are addressed, including the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Divestment and the Social Responsibility Advisory Committee.
More detailed information about the work of the Office of the University Secretary is found on this site. I encourage you to contact us for further assistance.
Leslie Laird Kruhly
Vice President and University Secretary