PSU Appoints Great Valley Chancellor as Director of Academic Programs at Navy Yard Location

James Nemes

To support a growing workforce, Penn State will expand its academic reach to South Philadelphia at its facilities at The Navy Yard.

James Nemes, chancellor and chief academic officer of Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies in Malvern, will oversee the expansion of academic programming.

A 1,200-acre, campus-like community, The Navy Yard is home to more than 13,000 employees and 150 companies, including NAVSEA, GlaxoSmithKline, Tasty Baking Company, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and Urban Outfitters.

According to Nemes, a Devon resident, the plan is to expand academic offerings and research opportunities to engage local organizations and educate their employees. With free parking and close proximity to I-95, I-76, and I-476 roadways, Penn State’s location is convenient for adults living and working in Philadelphia, South New Jersey, and Delaware.

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“The Philadelphia region is not only a critical area of business operations for the Commonwealth, but also a vital source of knowledge and skill within the workforce that allows Pennsylvania to thrive,” said Penn State Provost Nick Jones. “While Penn State and other institutions in the area have been serving Philadelphia in myriad ways over the decades, we now are focusing on opportunities with specific industries and businesses to answer their ever-growing desire for more education among their employees.”

Nemes, who also is a professor of mechanical engineering, said the expansion is a tremendous opportunity for Penn State to serve the educational needs of a growing community.

“While Penn State Great Valley has offered a range of programs at The Navy Yard over the years, I am excited to bring the resources of additional Penn State colleges and campuses together to meet those expanding demands,” he said.

“Penn State Great Valley has been especially agile in working with industry partners to meet the expressed educational needs of their working professionals. Jim and his colleagues at Great Valley have brought a number of graduate programs to The Navy Yard, including systems engineering, software engineering and, more recently, the MBA,” said Madlyn Hanes, vice president for Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses and executive chancellor. “Under Jim’s leadership, we will be able to extend our programming capability by collaborating with other Penn State campuses to deliver high-demand programs.”

Before joining Penn State Great Valley, Nemes was an associate professor of mechanical engineering and William Dawson Scholar at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he also held a number of administrative positions, including interim dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies.

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