Retiring IUP dean Patricia Scott turned campus around

| Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010

SOUTH BUFFALO -- Patricia Scott helped turn things around at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania at Northpointe campus in more ways than one.

Scott, who is retiring as the dean of the IUP campus, played an important role in advancing the mission of the regional campus to meet the educational and professional development needs of the community and workforce.

And she had the campus' building turned to face in the opposite direction too.

"My biggest claim to fame was turning the building around," said Scott whose last day was Friday. "Initially the new building (constructed in the Armstrong County Northpointe Industrial Park which opened to students in 2005 after moving from the former campus in Kittanning) was to face Route 28 and not the park."

"I drove by on 28 one day and said 'we can't have the back of the building facing the street,'" she said. "Ours is the first building coming in. Why come into the park and see the back of our building?"

"We have this beautiful building. It has the same bricks as the main campus in Indiana. It's in an industrial park but it still has the appearance of being collegiate."

Scott got university officials to agree.

Scott said working with the architects, trustees and faculty to create, decorate and build the new campus was one of her best memories as its dean.

"It was an absolutely great experience," said Scott.

Scott, of Indiana, received her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from IUP and a master of arts degree in communications from Duquesne University. In 2006 she earned a doctorate degree in administration and leadership studies at IUP.

Scott came to the Armstrong County branch campus of IUP as its dean in 2000.

For 10 years before that she was the director of off-campus studies for IUP's school of continuing education.

Scott and her husband John Baker, a retired IUP faculty member, plan to spend time in Bradenton, Fla. where they have purchased a home.

"I want to see how I feel about retirement," said Scott. "What it's like to be retired. If I don't like it, I'll knock on some doors."

Scott said she will miss most the faculty and students of the IUP campus.

"I was blessed with a group of people dedicated to our students," said Scott. "When I came here I felt that way too. We all had the same thought of providing the best service for the students. We helped each other. All their knowledge and years of experience helped me. It was a wonderful place to be."

Scott said she was always impressed with the abilities of the students who came to the school and how much they loved being there.

"It's a great opportunity for them to start their careers," said Scott.

"I just saw one of our former students out in the community with her 2-year-old daughter," she said. "You see them in the beginning, then you see them later in their careers doing well."

"It's a great feeling."

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