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Longtime administrator and 1986 Wharton MBA graduate Medha Narvekar was named Penn's Vice President and University Secretary by Penn President Amy Gutmann on Wednesday.

For the past 32 years, Narvekar has worked in Penn's Development & Alumni Relations Office, which plays a key role in fundraising for the University. She currently serves as the office's senior associate vice president, working directly with trustees, overseers, and donors on fundraising projects, such as Gutmann's most ambitious fundraising campaign, the Power of Penn. Narvekar will replace Leslie Kruhly, who has held the University Secretary position since 2000 and will retire at the end of June. 

"Medha is both renowned and respected across Penn,” Gutmann told Penn Today. “Very few people know Penn as well or have worked so successfully with so many people across our University."

In her new role, Narvekar will oversee the Office of the University Secretary, which is responsible for managing the Board of Trustees, the Boards of Overseers, and the University Council. The office is also in charge of awarding honorary degrees and organizing ceremonies, such as convocation and commencement.

Narvekar will continue to serve as a liaison to the Development & Alumni Relations office, in part to help with the final phases of the Power of Penn campaign. Kruhly will also remain at Penn as a senior advisor until the end of 2019.

Narvekar previously served as Interim Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations from 2002 to 2004.