Arcadia University Appoints Beth Specker As Director of Educational Initiatives

Glenside, PA—Jan. 13, 2012—Arcadia University's School of Continuing Studies has appointed Beth Specker as Director of Educational Initiatives.

Specker will oversee Arcadia University Education Department initiatives through the Center for Adult and Professional Education and will develop innovative programs to meet the needs of today’s educators.  

In conjunction with Education Department program coordinators, Specker will explore, develop and direct grant opportunities with school districts, charter schools, and independent school partners.

Specker will split her time between Arcadia’s main campus in Glenside, Pa., and the University’s new King of Prussia Campus (http://www.arcadia.edu/kop.htm), which is dedicated to serving adult students.

Most recently, Specker was Director of Civics Education with the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, where her focus was establishing professional development opportunities for teachers and the development of civics curriculum for elementary students. In addition, she directed operations and integration of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Representative Democracy into National Constitutional Center Educational offerings.

She also worked with the Philadelphia Bar Association on the ACE program (Advancing Civics Education).  Prior to joining the National Constitution staff, Specker was Chief of Staff to the First Lady of Pennsylvania, Judge Marjorie Rendell, where she directed the operation of Judge Rendell's initiative to restore the civic mission of schools, working with schools across the Commonwealth and nationally with organizations such as iCivics, the American Bar Association and the Civic Mission of Schools. Specker’s vast knowledge of non-profit management and educational platforms combined with an ability and desire to develop educational programs creates a synergy for her work at Arcadia.

“Beth’s impressive background affords her the expertise to respond to complex educational policies, particularly those related to PDE standards, and develop ground-breaking programming,” says Dr. Erik T. Nelson, Dean of the College of Continuing Studies. “She exhibits professionalism, self-motivation, and a keen understanding of marketing techniques, and she is valuable addition to our team.”

Specker will cultivate working relationships among faculty in the Education Department and the Center for Adult and Professional Education within the School of Continuing Studies, with a focus to design, develop, and manage innovative and strategic academic programs that track closely with the mission and goals of the Arcadia’s Education Department. She will reach out to school partners to provide online degree options, on-site courses and degrees, and special programs.

“I have a unique perspective having worked in the nonprofit world as well as in state government,” says Specker. “It is this perspective, as well as a network of teachers and schools, that I will tap to help increase Arcadia’s outreach. I look forward to talking with schools and teachers about how Arcadia can help meet their needs for professional development.”

A resident of Berwyn in Chester County, Specker earned a B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University and an M.A. in Non Profit Management from Eastern University.

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University a top leader in the nation in undergraduate study abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program 7th in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (www.arcadia.edu)