Director of the Tutoring Center Donna Brown, who has served in her role for over a decade, will retire at the end of the year.
Brown began working at Penn's Tutoring Center as associate director in 1999 before being promoted to director in 2008. Throughout her tenure, she helped hire and supervise more than 200 paid student tutors and staff members.
“My work was meaningful and I will miss my staff and great colleagues,” Brown said in a statement released by the Division of Vice Provost for University Life. “I will always remember how fortunate I was to interact with so many wonderful students whom I know have and will positively impact the world.”
During her tenure, the center began partnering with the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to provide weekly group tutoring sessions for "key gateway courses," according to the statement. Brown also focused on recruiting high-performing students and oversaw the creation of a database and online scheduling system for the center.
“Donna’s service to Penn has been thoughtful, caring, and remarkable,” said Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum in the statement. “As course material has grown more complex and rigorous, she has ensured that the Tutoring Center provides contemporary assistance and advice to help thousands of Penn students achieve, succeed, and thrive.”
Before Brown joined the Tutoring Center, she worked as an assistant to the Associate Vice Provost for University Life for five years. She is also a Penn graduate, and earned a Master of Liberal Arts in 2010 and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wharton in 2000.