DuBOIS, Pa. — Having distinguished himself with immeasurable contributions to the field of education during a 44-year career, M. Scott McBride has announced that he will retire as chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State DuBois, effective July 1, 2021.
McBride assumed his current role at Penn State DuBois in March 2017. As the lead administrator at the campus, he oversees all departments, working with faculty and staff to provide the highest possible level of quality in education to students. He supervises curriculum, course delivery methods, department budgets, and more. McBride also has served as a liaison to the community, helping to form partnerships with regional industry in such areas as research and development, as well as internship opportunities, all of which benefit students and businesses alike.
Though his years on campus have been few, McBride’s impact is lasting and far-reaching. Under McBride’s direction, the North Central PA LaunchBox was established. An effort McBride is passionate about, the LaunchBox, one of 21 entrepreneurial centers Penn State has founded across the state, brings together representatives from across a wide spectrum of disciplines to collaborate on ways to promote economic growth in the region. The LaunchBox works with business startups, as well as existing businesses, offering assistance with grant acquisition, development of business plans, and other services. Students also benefit by having access to the LaunchBox, while being encouraged to delve into the world of entrepreneurship.
Under McBride’s direction, fundraising at Penn State DuBois has reached unprecedented milestones, with more than $12 million raised during his time at the campus. Much of these funds support student scholarships, helping to make education more accessible for all qualified students who wish to earn a degree. The establishment of the Diversity Equity Scholarship will help the campus reach underserved populations, and the Open Doors program, with donor gifts matched by the University, resulted in more than $3 million in funding to help students succeed. Also included in this total are funds intended to support the LaunchBox, international travel for students, special support for veterans, support of athletic programs, and more.
The transition to remote learning during the COVID pandemic is another success occurring under McBride’s leadership. By diligently attending to the needs of students during this unique time, Penn State DuBois continued to provide a complete and well-rounded educational experience. In addition, a student retention rate of 87.5% was realized in recent years under McBride’s leadership.
Another lasting contribution McBride has made to the campus was to launch a major renovation project of the Multipurpose Building. Once complete, it will be known as the Physical Fitness, Athletics and Wellness Center (PAW Center) and provide state-of-the-art facilities for all students, faculty and staff, as well as an updated gymnasium and practice spaces for athletic teams.
Under McBride’s leadership, degree offerings at Penn State DuBois have increased and essential services for students have been streamlined, creating a “One Stop” area on campus where students can find all staff members and services in one area should they need assistance with admissions, financial aid, advising, career services, and more.
McBride also directed the campus-wide collaboration that developed a campus strategic plan to serve as a roadmap for offering the greatest service for students and the community through the next five years. He also has championed efforts to promote diversity and increase equality and inclusion on campus.
“Joining the Penn State family and being a member of our campus community has been one of my most rewarding experiences in my long career,” McBride said in a statement to the campus faculty and staff. “I ask that you accept my sincere appreciation for all that you do, and have done, for our campus. My time with you has been the most rewarding and endearing in my career. Though I will miss the close relationships that we have developed together, I am confident that you will welcome your next leader with the warmth and support that you provided me. You will be in my thoughts as I cheer the campus on from afar.”
Senior Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses and Executive Chancellor Madlyn Hanes said, “Dr. McBride has been an excellent steward of the University in the broader community and has secured the campus’s standing as a vital regional asset. He is well regarded among University leaders and has represented the campus exceptionally well in the many committees and initiatives in which he has participated since joining Penn State.”
Before coming to Penn State DuBois, McBride was dean of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Sciences at Morehead State University in Kentucky beginning in 2008. He led strategic planning, assessment efforts and external fundraising activities, as well as coordinated undergraduate and graduate programs, recruitment initiatives, resource development and facilities management for the 2,000-student college. He also established the Caudill College Student Services Center to improve recruitment, retention and graduation rates for the college; provided leadership for undergraduate research and service learning initiatives; led an initiative to achieve accreditation for the art and design program by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design; coordinated a series of cross-unit diversity programs and interdisciplinary efforts; and introduced a digital humanities minor to enhance learning by using technology in a range of humanities disciplines.
Before 2008, McBride was chair of the department of music and a professor of music at Morehead State University, where he successfully advocated for increased music scholarships. He led the redesign and development of innovative music courses, which helped to double enrollment and graduation rates in the department. As chair of the music department at the University of West Georgia, McBride promoted the expansion of classroom technology in arts and humanities facilities.
McBride attended Kent State University where he earned a bachelor of music degree in music education (1976) and a master of music degree in performance (1978). In 1990 he earned a doctor of philosophy degree in music education from the University of Oklahoma.
An accomplished musician with expertise on trombone, McBride has performed with the Wooster Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), Cobb Symphony Orchestra (Georgia), DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra (Kentucky), Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and a host of occasional professional ensembles. His professional conducting appearances include engagements with the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra (Alabama), U.S. Marine Band (Albany, Georgia), and the West Georgia Winds. Since 1987, McBride has served on the entertainment production team for several collegiate bowl games, including the Alamo, All-American, Gator, Holiday, Liberty, Orange and Sugar bowls. In 1999, he directed the halftime entertainment for the NCAA Kick-Off Classic at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In all, his professional work has taken him to 30 states, the District of Columbia, three Canadian provinces, Brazil, Finland, China and the United Kingdom.
In retirement, McBride plans to see even more of the world, traveling and enjoying time with his partner, Misty.