Beth Shepard-Rabadam, an experienced leader in higher education administration with previous experience at Bryn Mawr College and Harvard University, has been appointed as senior associate provost of academic affairs at Philadelphia University.
Shepard-Rabadam will work in the Office of the Provost, playing a pivotal role in managing the academic growth plan and the development and implementation of new academic programs. She will be responsible for overseeing the alignment of academic resource management with strategic planning, working closely with faculty and University administrative offices and support services to develop timelines, budget plans and allocations for new curricular initiatives. In addition, she will work with each of the academic units to ensure effective budget practices based on established policies.
“We are very excited to have Beth join the University,” said Provost Randy Swearer. “Her experience and leadership will be a great addition to our team, and help drive forward the University’s Academic Growth Plan. We look forward to working with her.”
Shepard-Rabadam comes to Philadelphia University with 13 years of experience in higher education administration. Since 2008, she has served as assistant provost for administration at Bryn Mawr College, where she worked on faculty and academic affairs, financial and program administration and special projects.
Prior to her time at Bryn Mawr, Shepard-Rabadam served as assistant dean for planning and assessment at the University of Southern Maine’s College of Education and Human Development. Previously, she spent five years at Harvard University, where she worked on strategic planning for shared university resources, such as student and faculty housing, parking and transportation. She also worked on the community planning process for the new Harvard campus in the Alston neighborhood of Boston.
Shepard-Rabadam has a bachelor’s degree in history from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in historic preservation from Boston University. She lives in Havertown with her husband Frank and their two boys, Nathan and Owen.
Her appointment is effective Nov. 27, 2012.