LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Philip Burlingame, associate vice president for student affairs at The Pennsylvania State University, will be the guest speaker for the Lock Haven University commencement ceremony to be held on Sunday, December 7, 2008. A total of 201 students will participate in the ceremony.
Burlingame supervises over 200 full-time employees in seven student affairs departments and is an affiliate faculty member in the College of Education's graduate school. He coordinates student affairs strategic planning, emergency and disaster recovery planning, and cocurricular education programs.
Prior to joining the Penn State staff in 1999, Burlingame served for six years as vice president for student affairs at the State University of New York Institute of Technology.
A Pennsylvania native, Burlingame earned a doctorate in higher education from the University of Pittsburgh, a masterís degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a bachelorís degree in education from Lock Haven University. As an undergraduate at Lock Haven University, he served as the Managing Editor of the Eagle Eye, parliamentarian of the student government and bassist for the University's jazz ensemble.
In March 2006, Burlingame was awarded Penn Stateís Barash Award for Human Service for his volunteer activities in the Centre Region. He is a volunteer advisor to Penn Stateís chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national, coed service fraternity, and he was honored with the organizationís 2005 National Excellence Award in Advising. In 2003 he received the Best Student Organization Advisor Award from the undergraduate student government at Penn State. He also serves as advisor to the Council of Lionhearts, a student advisory group comprised of leaders from 22 student service organizations at Penn State.
Burlingame is a jazz bassist who performs locally with several jazz groups. He is also a volunteer musician at an assisted living facility in Centre Hall, PA.