WYOMISSING, Pa. — Todd Migliaccio has been appointed interim chancellor at Penn State Berks beginning Dec. 1, 2022, announced Kelly Austin, Penn State’s vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and executive chancellor. Penn State plans to conduct a national search to identify the next permanent chancellor of Penn State Berks. More information on that search process will be forthcoming.
Migliaccio has served as associate dean of academic affairs at Penn State Berks since July 2021, a role in which he oversees budgeting and planning for the college’s advising, instructional and learning support, and academic initiatives including undergraduate research.
“I am excited to welcome Dr. Migliaccio into this new role, and I know Penn State Berks will continue to achieve remarkable things under his leadership,” Austin said. “Dr. Migliaccio’s leadership as associate dean of academic affairs, and his dedication to students, faculty and staff, have already been invaluable to the campus community. I look forward to working together to continue serving the campus and surrounding community.”
Migliaccio succeeds George Grant Jr., who was recently named the next president of Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan.
“I am honored to take on this role and excited to continue serving Penn State Berks in this capacity,” Migliaccio said. “I look forward to this interim role and helping continue Penn State Berks’ proud history of academic excellence and creating impactful opportunities for our students and our surrounding community. It is an honor to be able to help our students, faculty and staff continue to grow and thrive.”
Before coming to Penn State, Migliaccio worked at California State University, Sacramento, for more than 18 years. He started out as a faculty member and later rose to the position of director of graduate studies and served as the chair of the Department of Sociology.
At his previous institution, Migliaccio’s accomplishments include facilitating movement of courses to an online platform as well as supporting faculty during the implementation of online instruction during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. He also improved functionality in the sociology department by designing a data collecting process for assessment of the department.
During his time as a professor, Migliaccio has presented at conferences covering multiple subjects, including bullying for both K–12 and universities, as well as social justice and community engagement. His record of scholarship includes numerous articles on bullying and other topics. In addition, he co-produced and co-wrote a video titled “Identifying and Responding to Bullying for Teachers,” as well as many other resources for K–12 teachers dealing with bullying in the classroom.
Migliaccio holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California San Diego, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology, both from the University of California, Riverside.