Brad Kovaleski receives 2017 Award for Excellence in Administrative Services

DUNMORE, Pa. — Brad Kovaleski, director of student affairs and engagement at Penn State Worthington Scranton, was the recipient of this year’s Award for Excellence in Administrative Services.

This award recognizes campus administrators/managers for innovative and creative program development as well as for assuming significant administrative responsibilities.

Kovaleski was nominated for his role in organizing the campus’ recent Safe Zone training, a program designed to raise visibility about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) population; and to help people understand the issues facing LGBTQ students and become aware of the various LGBTQ resources at Penn State.

In Kovaleski’s nomination, a colleague wrote: “This spring Brad was instrumental in organizing the Safe Zone training for faculty and staff at this campus. The training included three sessions that helped attendees understand and be sensitive to LGBTQ issues and how to be supportive of students and staff. This was done working with Advising Center Manager Caressa Gearhart, Coordinator of Multicultural Programs and Development Martin Lacayo and Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Ray Petren, showing Brad’s ability to work collaboratively with the campus community for a positive outcome.”

Kovaleski has been at the campus since 2016. He resides in Scranton.