The mission of the President's Center is to support the President, the trustees, and the officers of the University; to assist the faculty, students, and staff in their teaching, research, and service activities; and to advance excellence at Penn. In addition to the President's Office, the President's Center includes the following units:
Office of the President
The Office of the President provides administrative leadership and support for the President’s initiatives. The Office aids in policy development and also plans and executes activities and events that support the institution’s mission. Members of the staff represent the President on a variety of University committees; advise the President on policy matters; serve as liaisons between the President and members of the University community; and assist students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, members of the community, and others.
1 College Hall, Rm 100/6380
Vice President and Chief of Staff
1 College Hall, Rm 100/6380
Senior Vice President for Institutional Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer
1 College Hall, Rm 100/6380
African-American Resource Center
The African-American Resource Center seeks to enhance the quality of life for African-American administrators, faculty, staff and students. The staff works to create a teaching and learning community that is harmonious and diverse. The services of AARC include information and referral, workshops, consultation, support groups, counseling, problem-solving, assistance with workplace concerns, advocacy, and co-sponsorship of events to promote dialogue on race and diversity issues.
Valerie Dorsey Allen
3643 Locust Walk/3199
Almanac is Penn's journal of record, opinion, and news and has been published weekly during the academic year since 1971. Almanac publishes proposals; responses; policies and procedures; advance notices; agendas and summaries of meetings of governance bodies; notices that advise faculty and staff of their rights and benefits; and weekly and annual crime reports. Almanac also provides the University community with a forum for open expression, through its "Speaking Out" column.
Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs
The Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs provides central leadership and support for the University's efforts to achieve an educational and work environment that is diverse in race, ethnicity, interests, abilities, and perspectives. The Office will ensure the implementation of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination policies through education, training and active partnership with others on campus and the broader Philadelphia community.
Suite 421, Franklin Building
3451 Walnut Street/6205
Office of the Associate Vice President for Equity and Title IX Officer
The Office of the Associate Vice President for Equity and Title IX Officer (AVP) is responsible for providing strategic leadership of the University’s efforts to comply with Title IX and also oversees the investigation of complaints against students enrolled at Penn, faculty, and staff alleging violations of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. The office also collaborates with other campus offices to educate students, faculty, and staff about available resources for support and advice and options for making complaints.
Associate Vice President for Equity and Title IX Officer
3901 Walnut Street, Suite 300/6205
Office of General Counsel
The Office of the General Counsel represents the University as a corporate entity in legal matters. The Office handles all legal matters generated by the activities of the University, including its schools, departments, operating units and subsidiaries, and by initiating action to forestall problems and manage risks. All matters requiring legal action are to be referred to the Office of the General Counsel.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the University of Pennsylvania and University of Pennsylvania Health System
Suite 400, 2929 Walnut St./5099
Office of Institutional Research & Analysis
The Office of Institutional Research & Analysis (IR&A) provides statistical analyses integral to the University's strategic planning process. IR&A serves the executive administration, as well as the broader University community, through the provision of data and information about Penn and its peer institutions. IR&A also responds to information requests from a wide variety of external constituents, coordinates the submission of reports to external agencies and accrediting bodies, and participates in several higher education consortia on behalf of the University.
3401 Walnut Street, 352B/6106
Office of Government and Community Affairs
The Office of Government and Community Affairs coordinates activities related to the University's interactions with its surrounding communities, the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the federal government. Such interactions include political, regulatory, and external funding issues affecting Penn as a leading research university and a key player in the greater Philadelphia area. The Office includes Community Relations, the Center for Community Partnerships, City and Commonwealth Relations, and Federal Relations.
3901 Walnut St., Suite 400/3682
Office of Ombuds
The idea of an "ombudsman," defined as a person for all people, originated in Sweden in the 19th century. Penn's Office of the Ombuds was established in 1971 to assist individuals in finding solutions to problems they might not have been able to resolve through traditional channels. The Ombuds acts as a sounding board for concerns from members of the Penn community and as an impartial mediator of conflicts. The Office is accessible to all members of the University community with the exception of unionized workers and employees of the University's Health System.
Office of Social Equity & Community
The Office of Social Equity & Community is committed to leading programs and initiatives that promote and support communication, collaboration, research, and innovative programming within the Penn community that deepen awareness and help to advance the University’s mission of fostering social equity, diversity, and inclusion. Additionally, the Office focuses especially on bringing diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff together to build out and support the University’s culture of inclusive understanding and social impact while also working to help overcome historical and structural barriers to advancing that mission.
Rev. Charles (Chaz) Lattimore Howard
University Chaplain and Vice President
3417 Spruce St/4298
Office of University Secretary
The Office of the University Secretary supports the University's governing bodies in furtherance of the long-term strategic interests of the University. The Office ensures the continuity of strong volunteer leadership of the University, manages Trustee Affairs, Board of Advisors, and University Council. The office oversees key ceremonial programs including Commencement, Convocation, inaugurations, and the selection process for honorary degree recipients. The Office also issues diplomas, maintains custody of the University seal, and authorizes the use of Penn's name, trademarks and insignia.
Vice President and University Secretary
1 College Hall, Rm 211/6303
Office of University Communications
University Communications is Penn’s central office for University news, media relations, visual identity, and public affairs. The Office expands and enhances Penn’s visibility locally, nationally, and internationally, while promoting and reinforcing Penn’s reputation as a world-renowned research university. University Communications tells Penn's story, highlighting the accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students across myriad communications platforms, both traditional and emerging.
The Office oversees the central Penn website; the Penn Today website; Penn’s social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Flickr and Instagram; produces the electronic newswires Penn Today, Penn News Weekly and Penn News for Parents; and the development of other specialty publications such as Research at Penn. The office also has responsibility for WXPN, the non-commercial public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.
3901 Walnut St., Suite 200/3682
WXPN is a nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio programming and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk. As the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, WXPN offers handcrafted curation of broadcast and digital programming, events, and local music journalism. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming on smart speaker devices and at XPN.org.
3025 Walnut Street/3402