MEDIA, Pa. — Margaret Bacheler, Penn State Brandywine’s continuing education director for the past eight years, has been named senior director of statewide continuing education and workforce development for Penn State’s 20 Commonwealth campuses. The three-year appointment began Jan. 6.
“I am excited to work across the state to fulfill Penn State’s land-grant mission of fostering economic development,” Bacheler said. “Continuing education works with both private and public sector employers to provide high-quality educational programs to adult learners in our communities.”
In her statewide role, Bacheler will support Penn State outreach professionals’ work on the campuses and across the state to advance their continuing education mission; identify opportunities for the University to address statewide workforce development needs; and promote blended, accelerated, and other technology-enhanced programs that will attract and retain adult students. She also will identify community and economic development opportunities and support regional initiatives to address them.
In addition to those duties, Bacheler will continue to serve as Penn State Brandywine’s director of continuing education and provide leadership for Brandywine Boost, the campus’ entrepreneurship and economic development program that is part of the Invent Penn State initiative.
Since joining Brandywine in 2011, Bacheler has built effective continuing education and entrepreneurship programs and developed a collaborative network of employers and colleagues centered on improving workforce development in the region. She earned a bachelor’s degree in world politics from Hamilton College, a master’s degree in management from St. Joseph’s University, and a doctorate in higher education from Widener University.