Kurt A. Kissinger
Kurt A. Kissinger assumed the role of Associate Vice President for Finance and Business in August 2016. As the deputy to Senior Vice President for Finance and Business/Treasurer David Gray, Kurt serves as chief of staff for the Office of Finance and Business, which includes 14 units and 2,800 full-time employees across the University. Working closely with senior leadership of Finance and Business, Kurt leads several initiatives to enhance finance and business operations across the University units and campuses, and is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the Finance and Business strategic plan, annual budgeting process and other cross-cutting projects.
Kurt first joined Penn State in November 2011 as Director of Operations at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, where he oversaw strategic planning, budget development and operations management, including the day-to-day functions of the 12 program offices that comprise the research and graduate education missions. Before joining the College of Medicine, Kissinger held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, where he spearheaded public-private partnerships and worked with a range of stakeholders to implement strategic plans and community development projects.
He was a vice president of Delta Development Group, Inc., vice president for business banking at Susquehanna Bank PA, president and CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Susquehanna Industrial Development Corporation. Kissinger has experience as a policy analyst, including serving as deputy director of the state Department of Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.
Kurt earned a bachelor’s degree in German and international studies from Dickinson College and a master’s in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Kurt has been an active volunteer and participant in several professional and civic associations, including the University Economic Development Association, Pennsylvania Economic Developers Association, the United Way of Central Susquehanna Valley, Leadership Susquehanna Valley, Youth for Understanding USA, and Boy Scouts of America.