Penn State Abington Chancellor Named a Top Education Leader in the State

Margo DelliCarpini
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Margo DelliCarpini.

The commonwealth’s multimedia news organization City & State Pennsylvania has named Penn State Abington Chancellor Margo DelliCarpini among the top educational leaders in Pennsylvania.

She rose more than 20 places from last year to No. 36 on the 2023 Higher Education Power 100 list.

The lift is attributed to her continued innovation and perseverance despite a difficult climate for institutions of higher education.

The statewide list includes presidents such as Penn State‘s Neeli Bendapudi and Liz Magill from the University of Pennsylvania.

On-Campus Work

Within the last year, DelliCarpini established the campus’s first cabinet-level Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Belonging. She also initiated a dedicated living learning community within a residence hall for first-generation students.

DelliCarpini assumed the position of chancellor and dean of Abington in 2021. She has compiled an accomplished record of strategic leadership and has demonstrated a commitment to:

  • Student access and success
  • Academic scholarship
  • Community outreach
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence

As chancellor, she oversees:

  • 3,100 students (or so)
  • More than 320 faculty
  • 27 bachelor’s degree and fast-track MBA programs
  • An NCAA Division III athletics program
  • Outreach initiatives and partnerships that benefit the region and beyond

Educational Foundation

Prior to arriving at Abington, DelliCarpini was vice provost for strategic educational partnerships and dean of the College of Education and Human Development at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

As dean, she grew the full-time faculty complement, oversaw the development of new degree programs, and led the launch of the Department of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

As a first-generation nontraditional student, DelliCarpini experienced intimately the opportunity that higher education provides for students, the role institutions of higher education play as cultural and intellectual hubs in their communities, and the impact of higher education on the economic mobility of graduates.

DelliCarpini earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics, master’s degree in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and doctorate in linguistics — all from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

She is a licensed English as a Second Language educator and school district administrator through the New York State Education Department.


Chancellor Margo DelliCarpini reflects on her first year in this 2021 video.

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