Auxiliary and Business Services (A&BS) is an umbrella organization for eight non-academic support units. From the dining commons, to the airport, two hotels, and a 16,000-seat arena that hosts academic programs, sports, and entertainment events. A&BS provides essential services to students, faculty, staff, and the public.
This division supports the Commonwealth Campuses in expansion and enhancement opportunities, coordination of efforts involving common challenges, and securing funding for various improvements in classrooms, facility access, campus beautification, and infrastructure. Working closely with the director of Business Services at each campus, the office is involved in bookstore and snack bar operating arrangements, utility funding, and real estate matters.
The Office of the Corporate Controller is responsible for receiving and disbursing all cash and maintaining appropriate accounting records for these transactions. The Controller is also responsible for establishing, promulgating, and enforcing guidelines and controls established for receiving and expending all funds. It also ensures that expenditures do not exceed budgeted resources or budget parameters, and develops necessary programs for protection of the assets of the University and the insurance of these assets.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion spearheads the goals of the Finance & Business Advancing Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Priority as well as the seven challenges in the University’s Framework to Foster Diversity, both of which have created a strong foundation for expanding diversity efforts within the F&B workforce and its business operations while providing a welcoming and safe climate for all people. Additionally, the office establishes and maintains relationships with critical University offices/programs and community organizations that support the overall diversity and equity imperatives of Penn State. By working closely with F&B’s leadership, Employee Resource Groups, and the Strategic Priority Team, the office will continue to provide general direction, resources, and accountability metrics for the further advancement of diversity and inclusion efforts of both F&B and the University.
The Enterprise Project Management Office oversees the day-to-day operations of Penn State’s enterprise-wide projects, such as the replacement of the student information system (LionPATH), HR-payroll (WorkLion), and the financial system (SIMBA).
The mission of the Office of Ethics and Compliance is to assist the University in achieving its commitment to the highest standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity by promoting a culture that encourages ethical conduct and a commitment to compliance with legal and regulatory obligations.
The Finance & Business Financial Office is dedicated to carrying out the overall F&B mission by providing high quality service to the internal units of the organization through timely processing of financial transactions, interpretation of University policy and procedure, and accurate and timely financial reporting.
Finance and Business Information Technology (F&B IT) was formed in July 2016, beginning the first phase of the IT Transformation strategic priority. The Transformation will re-align all IT infrastructure staff from their current business units into the F&B IT unit in order to provide common IT services and support to all of F&B.
The Office of Human Resources is a service organization that supports and enhances the University's vision to become one of the nation's preeminent public universities. It is responsible for integrating administrative divisions into the framework of the institution, providing expert advice and counsel to colleges, departments, faculty, and staff, and strengthening positive efforts to attract and retain quality employees.
The Penn State Office of Internal Audit is committed to performing value-added, risk-based audits, designed to independently review, test, and evaluate the financial, electronic, and operational controls throughout the University. The office assesses business risks facing leaders at Penn State. It assures compliance with policies, procedures, regulations and safeguarding, laws, and the use of University assets. It also evaluates accuracy, reliability, and integrity of University records and reports. Suspected fraud, waste, and abuse is monitored.
The Office of Investment Management (OIM) oversees the day-to-day management and administration of University investment funds. OIM submits policies and practices as appropriate for achieving investment and spending objectives to the Penn State Investment Council (PSIC) and Board of Trustees for their approval.
The Office of Licensing Programs protects the integrity of the University's brand by overseeing the use of all University indicia (including names, trademarks, and symbols) that are registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The Finance & Business role at the Penn State College of Medicine and The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is multifaceted. Under the leadership of Wayne W. Zolko, associate vice president for Finance & Business, controller, approximately 66 members of F&B are responsible for providing financial and human resource services to the College of Medicine. In addition, this group is responsible for the oversight of the 3 million square feet of facilities and 546 acres of land that comprise The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. F&B also provides on-campus housing, fleet services, mail services, and operates the University fitness center, which are located at medical center.
The Office of Physical Plant (OPP) is responsible for the stewardship of all the University's physical assets. This includes facilities at all campus locations, as well as University Park. OPP handles facilities planning, design, construction, capital budget management, utility engineering, real estate, and environmental health and safety for the University, and maintenance and operations at University Park.
University Police and Public Safety is responsible for the protection of and service to Penn State’s students, faculty, staff, and visitors. In addition, University Police and Public Safety is charged with the protection of property and maintenance of order, as well as the enforcement of both the laws of the Commonwealth and University regulations. University Police and Public Safety has full law enforcement authority.