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Barbara A. Lea-Kruger

As director of Communications and External Relations, Barbara directs strategic communications and messaging for the Division’s departments. She manages the relationship with internal and external media and oversees the Division’s web presence, including social media and Campus Express, the University’s on boarding site for freshman students. She coordinates with students groups such as the Undergraduate Assembly, the Graduate and Professional Students Association and provides leadership for communications of University-wide initiatives such as the Green Campus Partnership, the closure and renovation of South Street Bridge and the Travel and Expense Management Project.

Before assuming her position at Business Services in 2007, Barbara was the associate director for the Center for Greater Philadelphia at Penn. In that capacity she oversaw a nationwide education reform effort to improve teacher quality and measure student achievement, working directly with school districts as well as major funders such as the William Penn, Annenberg and the Carnegie Foundations.

She has held other communication and development positions with a variety of non-profits as well as state government. She worked as a journalist in Minneapolis and has authored or co authored articles in major publications including College Services Magazine, Education Week, the American School Board Journal and the School Administration. She   wrote Positive Living, a 78-page comprehensive guide for persons recently diagnosed with HIV that was distributed across Virginia. She was the draft editor The Grand Education Bargain: New Rewards, New Supports, New Accountability, published by the Harvard Press, Sept. 2009 and edits reports for Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization working in educational research.

She has a Master's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities, Bachelor of Arts degrees in french and linguistics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and a Certificate of Non-Profit Management from the Fels Institute of Government at Penn.