Gail A. Hurley

Gail Hurley began work at Penn State in 1984 as the Director of Residence Life. Prior to that, she had been the Associate Director of Residential Life at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and the Assistant Dean of Students at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Gail has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish education from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. and a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Before assuming her role as Associate Vice President for Auxiliary & Business Services in 2006, Gail served as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, the Assistant Vice President for Housing, Food Service and Residence Life, and the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Housing and Residence Life. She was also an Administrative Fellow in Finance and Business during the 1996-97 academic year.

As the Associate Vice President for Auxiliary and Business Services, Gail oversees many of the non-academic support units of the University including, Housing and Food Services, Hospitality Services (the Penn Stater and Nittany Lion Inn), the Bryce Jordan Center, the University Park Airport, Transportation Services (Parking and Fleet Operations), Procurement Services (Purchasing, General Stores and Central Receiving and Distribution, Lion Surplus), and the Multimedia and Print Center (Copy and Print Center, Mailing Services).

In her time at Penn State, Gail has been an advisor to a number of student organizations including the Association of Residence Hall Students and the National Residence Hall Honorary. She has made numerous presentations in the classroom for peer educators and student affairs graduate students. Gail has been honored within Student Affairs with awards for Service to the Campuses, Outstanding Service to Students, and Above and Beyond Service. Most recently, Gail received the Achieving Woman Award from the Commission on Women (2006) and the Kevin Steinberg Award from THON (2010). In 2010, the Gail A. Hurley Student-Centered Award was established within Housing and Food Services to honor employees within the unit who consistently demonstrate a commitment to Penn State students by keeping their needs and interests at the heart of all they do.