Patricia Malone Appointed Associate VP for Professional Education and Assistant Provost
for Engaged Learning
The School of Professional Development is pleased to announce that Patricia Malone has been appointed the Associate Vice President for Professional Education and Assistant Provost for Engaged Learning. Ms. Malone has served as SPD's interim executive director since September.
In a letter that went out to the University community, Provost Bernstein praised Ms. Malone for "(laying) the foundation for SPD to move forward as an innovative hub for professional education and lifelong learning. She implemented a new organizational structure to optimize growth and increase enrollment." Of her new role, Ms. Malone said, "I look forward to working with the SPD team and the Stony Brook community in forging successful collaborations to meet the emerging and rapidly growing needs of diverse adult learners and organizations."
For more than 20 years, Ms. Malone has been a leading figure in the field of corporate education, presenting nationally and internationally on the role of higher education in workforce and economic development. "This is an exciting time, as the importance of accessible, flexible, timely and on-going professional education has become central to all professions," she said.
This newly created position reflects the University's mission to "provide leadership for economic growth, technology, and culture for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region." Ms. Malone elaborates, "With our Stony Brook, Southampton and Manhattan locations, as well as our robust and growing online presence, we will be to give access and support to many audiences."
Ms. Malone is a member of the Suffolk County Department of Labor's Workforce Development Board and the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Workforce and Education Committee. She is a founding chair of the Outreach, Engagement and Economic Development Network for the University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). She also served on the editorial board of UPECA’s digital journal, Unbound.
She received a BA in Sociology from the University of Dayton and a Master of Professional Studies in Human Resource Management from Stony Brook. Along with Paul Edelson (SPD's dean emeritus), she co-edited the 1999 Jossey Bass publication Enhancing Creativity in Adult and Continuing Education: Innovative Approaches, Methods, and Ideas. She is a recipient of the New York City and State Corporate Responsibility Award.
Patricia Malone lives in Northport, NY.(Photo credit: Judy Walker, for Long Island Business News)