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Rodney A. Erickson, Ph.D.

Rodney A. Erickson, Ph.D.

Biographical Information:

Rodney A. Erickson served as the 17th President of Pennsylvania State University from November 2011 until he retired in May 2014. Previously, Dr. Erickson served as Penn State's executive vice president and provost since July 1999.

Dr. Erickson is deeply committed to Penn State and to fulfilling the University's mission of excellence in education, groundbreaking research, creative activity and service to those in Pennsylvania, the nation and the world. Throughout his career, he has worked at the intersection of academia, business, and government to advance education and create new knowledge to benefit the community at large. He is a highly respected academic leader, and he has chaired numerous task forces and special committees, including the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, which is the academic arm of the Big Ten universities.

Dr. Erickson is a former Fulbright Research Scholar in the United Kingdom and a Simon Senior Fellow at the University of Manchester. His research has focused on the spatial dimensions of urban and regional economies, international trade, and economic development policies.

Dr. Erickson holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Minnesota, and was awarded a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Washington. He joined the faculty at Penn State in 1977 and has served as professor in both geography and business administration, dean of the Graduate School, and vice president for research.

The Penn State Alumni Association in 2010 named Dr. Erickson an Honorary Alumnus for his contributions to improving the academic stature of the University and enhancing the success of students.

He and his wife, Sharon, have supported children's health initiatives including Four Diamonds and the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children. They also made a leadership commitment to help build the new Penn State Children's Hospital.


  • B.A. and M.A. from the University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D. from the University of Washington

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