John Delavan


John Delavan

Adjunct Instructor


Bachelor of Arts, Communications and Journalism, Loyola University New Orleans, 1991

Master of Arts, Mass Communications, Penn State University, 1994

Master of Education, Higher Education Leadership, Penn State University, in progress, graduation expected in August 2018



With 25-plus years of broad-based journalism, communications, and marketing experience, I am proud to be working in higher education administration and instruction. Through my work in both roles, I am engendering positive impacts in multiple areas while expanding and evolving my hard- and soft-skill sets to meet changing and emerging needs.

As the Communications Strategy Specialist in the Office of the President since April 1, 2015, I work closely with members of the University administration to craft speeches, articles, visual presentations, budget reports, letters and memoranda, marketing collateral, and more for Penn State-related events and a variety of internal and external audiences. My work principally supports University President Eric J. Barron, Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones, several vice presidents and provosts, and unit and program directors. The scope of my work continues to evolve and grow to support key stakeholders across the University.

With guidance and input from members of the University Strategic Planning Council and others, I completed work on the final content of Penn State’s five-year, University-wide strategic plan. Titled “Our Commitment to Impact,” the plan is published at

In my role, I also curate and manage the content for several official University websites, all of which were redesigned and relaunched under my leadership in the past two years. I managed content and design development for the new strategic plan website ( and comprehensive redesigns of the websites for the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost (, the Office of the Vice President for Administration (, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (

The breadth and depth of my service to Penn State continue to expand. In January 2018, I began working as a part-time Instructor at Penn State, teaching one section of COMM 260: News Writing and Reporting in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. Meanwhile, I continue to pursue my second master's degree at Penn State, the M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership (M.Ed.), concurrent with my work in administration and instruction at the University. As of January 2018, I have a 4.0 GPA and only 9 credits left to earn to achieve the degree. I expect to complete the degree program in August 2018.



John Delavan
205 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802