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Barbara I. Dewey
Dean of University Libraries
and Scholarly Communication
Prior to coming to Penn State, Dean Dewey was the former dean of Libraries at the University of Tennessee, a position she had held since 2000. Previously, she served at the University of Iowa from 1987 to 2000 as assistant to the dean of libraries, director of administrative and access services, director of information and research services and interim university librarian, respectively. Prior to that she also was Indiana University's director of admissions and placement in the School of Library and Information Science from 1980 to 1987, and assistant interlibrary loan and reference librarian at Northwestern University from 1978 to 1980. Dewey servies as chair of Transforming Research Libraries Steering Committee and the Association of College and Research Libraries Publications Committee. She is in her final year on the Online Computer Library Center Global Council and is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations Standing Committee on Education and Training.
Director of Development
Nicki joins the University Libraries from the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State, where she worked with alumni and friends of the College all over the East coast. She served as the director of major gifts in the College of the Liberal Arts, where she helped her unit to achieve 84 percent of their campaign goal. Before joining Penn State, she spent eight years working in development at The University of Georgia, where her duties included supporting the fundraising efforts for the university’s libraries. Prior to entering the fundraising profession, Hendrix spent four years in private industry in sales and public relations. Hendrix holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Georgia. She lives in Victorian Bellefonte with her husband, Christian, her son Hal, her daughter Georgia, and many, many animals.
Associate Director of Development
Brent Hurley is a graduate of Juniata College, and earned a master’s degree at Penn State in 1998. Since 2001, he has held various alumni and development-related roles in the College of Education, the Penn State Alumni Association, and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. A resident of Bellefonte, Brent enjoys meeting other Penn State alumni and friends from around the country, hearing about their lives and career journeys.
Christopher M. Brida
Assistant Director of Development
Chris Brida began his appointment as assistant director of development in the University Libraries in September 2013. Chris is from Marion Heights, Pennsylvania, and he attended Penn State Hazelton before transferring to University Park. He graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in speech communications and with three minors in political science, business, and labor and industrial relations. Previously, he worked in the hospitality and service industry before returning to graduate school to pursue a career in development, and he is now working towards a graduate degree in higher education administration through the College of Education. Chris and his wife, Rachele, live in State College with their son, Connor.
Karen started her career with Penn State in development at Penn State Public Broadcasting in 1989. Much of her career has been intertwined with development. She has been with the University Libraries for nearly 10 years. Karen is a Bellefonte native and holds an associate degree from South Hills Business School. Karen volunteers as Chair of the Board of Directors for the House of Care, a non-profit personal-care home in State College. The House of Care provides care and support to persons of low income, with little or no family support, and challenged by life-threatening and terminal illness. Her hobbies include cake decorating, baking and cooking. Her favorite pastime is spending quality time with her family and grandchildren.
Administrative Support Coordinator
Jennifer has worked in various roles in development at Penn State since 2008. She began in the College of Agricultural Sciences and then joined the development office in the College of Arts and Architecture in 2012. Most recently, Jennifer served as Director of Innovation and Development for the Tyrone Hospital Foundation where she worked with volunteers, planned events, and secured major gifts for the hospital. Her passion for development and Penn State brought her back to University Park where she will be supporting the fundraising efforts of the University Libraries. Charney holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communications from Lock Haven University. She currently lives in Houtzdale with her daughter, Evelyn.