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2002 Alumni Fellow

Posted: June 29, 2009

Dr. Richard Grubb '58 B.S., '61 M.S. Ag. Economic and Rural Sociology, '71 Ph.D. Higher Education. Retired senior vice president and dean emeritus of the Penn State Commonwealth Educational System and former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture
Richard Grubb

Richard Grubb

Dr. Grubb retired from Penn State in 1991, after a long administrative career that culminated in is appointment as senior vice president and dean of the Commonwealth Educational System in 1988. Dr. Grubb oversaw an analysis of the system's administrative structure, fiscal operations and continuing education programs and structure.

Dr. Grubb was named Secretary of Agriculture by former Gov. Richard Thornburgh in 1985, returning to Penn State in 1987. During his tenure, he served on such governmental boards as the Governor's Executive Board, the Governor's Energy Council and the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.

He graduated from Penn State in 1958, earning his B.S. in agricultural economics and rural sociology. He earned his master's degree in agricultural economics in 1961, and a doctorate in higher education in 1971--both from Penn State.

Dr. Grubb's roots in agriculture reach back to his family's Centre County farm, where he worked until he graduated from college. He started his professional career at the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau in 1958, leaving to enter graduate school after a year. He became a partner in the Tyrone Milling Company in 1961.

Dr. Grubb was hired as Penn State's coordinator of continuing education conferences in 1961. He was named deputy assistant director of continuing education in 1965, and was promoted to administrative assistant in the Office of the President and assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees in 1966.

In 1971, Dr. Grubb was named vice president for administrative services and associate secretary of the Board of Trustees. From 1979 to 1988, he was senior vice president for administration.