Campus & Community

Penn Names Eric J. Furda New Dean of Admissions

Eric J. Furda, vice president for alumni relations and former executive director of undergraduate admissions at Columbia University, has been named dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania. Furda, a 1987 Penn graduate, will assume his position as dean on July 1, 2008.

Ron Ozio

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

As Steve Donahue plans for a new era of Penn basketball, his mind is on more than sports

Basketball Coach Steve Donahue spoke about the Quakers’ year ahead and his support for student activism. “I’m learning so much more about my life than I even thought I knew all the years I’ve coached people of color,” he said. “Our country, I’m hoping and praying that this is a tipping point—that we all learn that this has to stop, all the injustice that’s been done.”



Former and current Penn students launch ‘I Lost My Job To Coronavirus’ website

Rising senior Rachel Brenner and May grad Sigal Spitzer launched an online job platform to help people find work during the pandemic. “I think like a lot of people right now, we felt really hopeless,” Brenner said. “This was a way to feel like there was a tangible impact we could make.”


Philadelphia Tribune

Penn chaplain named vice president for social equity and community

Charles “Chaz” Howard has been appointed Penn’s first vice president for social equity and Community. “I view history through critical race theory and a Black liberationist perspective,” he said. “That coupled with being familiar with Penn for decades will help me work with colleagues to tell our truth and stories. I want this new journey at Penn to leave an imprint of both love and justice.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

‘We don’t see the refinery starting’: PES site’s new owner envisions an ‘environmentally conscious’ commercial hub

Mark Allan Hughes of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and Kleinman Center for Energy Policy spoke about new plans for the former Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery complex in Southwest Philadelphia. “Not having a refinery there ends a long environmental justice travesty and puts Philadelphia on the right side of energy history,” he said.


Fox 29 (Philadelphia)

Rising high school seniors invited to apply UPenn's summer prep program

Vice Provost for Student Engagement Valarie Swain-Cade McCollum was interviewed about Penn’s summer program for rising high school seniors.