Kurt A. Kissinger

Kurt A. Kissinger was appointed Associate Vice President for Finance and Business at Penn State in August 2016. As deputy to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Business/Treasurer, Kurt serves as chief of staff for Finance and Business, which includes 14 units and 2,800 full-time employees across the University. Kurt leads several initiatives to enhance finance and business operations across University units and Penn State’s 19 Commonwealth 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 also serves as the administrative liaison to the Finance, Business and Capital Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees and as the University’s real estate official.  

Kurt first joined Penn State in November 2011 as Director of Operations at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, 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, including Delta Development Group, Inc., the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Departments of Community and Economic Development and Labor & Industry.  

Kurt has been an active volunteer and participant in several professional and civic associations, including the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Association of University Real Estate Officials, University Economic Development Association, the United Way of Central Susquehanna Valley, Leadership Susquehanna Valley, Youth for Understanding USA, and Boy Scouts of America. He is also a current member of the board of directors of The Village at Penn State and was recently selected to be a NACUBO Fellow for 2018-19. 

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.