Penn College names interim dean of business and hospitality

Pennsylvania College of Technology has appointed Gerri F. Luke as interim dean of the School of Business and Hospitality, which was effective July 28.

Luke is currently a professor of business administration/management and marketing at Penn College. She received the college’s Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award in May 2013. She joined the college faculty in 2004 and is a former chair of College Council, part of Penn College’s Internal Governance system.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Gerri Luke agree to serve as interim dean for the School of Business and Hospitality,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “She has all the qualities one hopes to find in higher-education leaders. She is passionate about the quality of teaching and learning at Penn College. She has been intimately involved in shared governance and accreditation. Her colleagues among the faculty welcome her appointment, as do the other deans and I.”

As interim dean, Luke will oversee academic programs in accounting and finance, business administration and technology management, as well as hospitality (baking, pastry and culinary arts and hospitality management).

Luke holds a doctorate degree in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts; a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; and a bachelor’s degree in English from Salem State College.

Previously, Luke worked as an administrator at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts; Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire; and Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire.