Dr. Pennington is a native of Pennsylvania and has spent the last 38 years working in the higher education arena. She has served in a variety of Student Affairs administrative positions including Director of Student Activities, Director of Residence Life, Dean of Students and Vice President, at six colleges and universities in PA, NY and Ohio. Dr. Pennington received a B.A. and M.A. in History at the University of Scranton (PA), M.Ed. in Secondary Education Counseling at Gannon University (PA), and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the State University of New York at Albany. She is a past president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and a past member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Scranton, the Board of Directors of the NASPA Foundation and also the Board of Directors of the American Conference on Diversity of New Jersey. A resident of New Jersey since January 1998, Dr. Pennington resides in Montclair.