House Approves Benninghoff Resolution Honoring Former Penn State President Erickson
HARRISBURG – With Rodney Erickson there as it happened, the state House today in Harrisburg approved a resolution introduced by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) honoring the 17th president of Penn State University for the leadership he provided as the institution made its way through turbulent times.

“Rodney Erickson began life growing up on a farm in Wisconsin and ended his career as the leader of one of the premier education institutions in the world,” Benninghoff said. “As a youngster, he learned in a class with only six pupils, but he went on to head a university that has nearly 100,000 students.”

Erickson assumed the responsibilities of president of Penn State University on Nov. 9, 2011. He served for 37 years at Penn State in various capacities.

“When the university needed a new leader and its leaders looked in his direction, Rodney Erickson stepped up to assume those responsibilities,” Benninghoff said.

Prior to serving as president, Erickson served in numerous leadership roles at Penn State, including executive vice president, provost, vice president for research, dean of the graduate school, director of the Center for Regional Business Analysis and head of the department of geography.

Erickson began his career at Penn State as an assistant professor in 1977 and earned the rank of full professor in 1984.

Erickson stepped down as president of Penn State in May following the graduation of the 2014 class.

“I appreciate his desire to see his responsibilities through to the end with the graduation of the class of 2014,” Benninghoff said. “He wanted to finish what he started and that’s an admirable trait in a leader.”

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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