Dean of the School of STEAM, Saint Francis University
Pete Skoner was appointed the founding Dean of the School of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania in 2018. He has held several leadership roles at the same institution including Associate Provost, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, President of the Faculty Senate, and Department Chair. In addition to serving as dean, his current administrative responsibilities include institutional accreditation.
He has published in Engineering Education, and served as an Associate Editor for The Pentagon, the journal of the Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME) National Mathematics Honor Society. He has served on accreditation and certification visiting evaluation teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division I), and Pennsylvania Department of Education. He has served as President of the Laurel Highlands Mathematics Alliance and on the executive board of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM). He currently coordinates the Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition for K-12 students, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Postsecondary Information Management System (PIMS) Advisory Committee.
Before his academic career, he was a mining engineer with Bethlehem Mines Corporation, a research fellow with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and a research observer with the Pittsburgh Public School System.
Pete received his B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, M.Ed. from Saint Francis College, and M.B.A. and Ed.D. from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
He and his wife Diane are blessed with three children Katie, Kellie, and Matt, and four grandchildren.