Appointment of Arberetta W. Bowles, MS, as Executive Director of Academic Affairs

June 11, 2021

To:PSOM Faculty and Staff

From:J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Dean
Lisa M. Bellini, MD, Senior Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

Arberetta Bowles We are pleased to announce that Arberetta Bowles will become the new Executive Director of Academic Affairs in the Perelman School of Medicine, effective August 1, 2021. In this role, she will be succeeding Vicki Mulhern, who has provided outstanding leadership and support to generations of faculty.

Arberetta is an accomplished higher education administrator, with broad expertise in faculty and academic affairs. She is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and is known as an adept, collaborative leader, focused on inclusive processes and faculty support.

Currently, Arberetta is Associate Compliance Officer for New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), where she has worked extensively on conflicts of interest policies and procedures. Before joining NYUAD, she was Director of Academic Affairs at the University of Rochester, where she served as the University authority on academic appointments and addressed issues of faculty classifications and benefit administration. Arberetta is familiar to Penn. She worked here from 2000 - 2011, rising through the administrative ranks to serve as Director of Faculty Affairs in the School of Nursing, with previous experience in the Department of Radiology in the PSOM and in the Provost’s Office.

A critical role at PSOM, the Executive Director of Academic Affairs reports to the Senior Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and works collaboratively with all departmental chairs, center and institute directors, as well as Penn Medicine and University leadership. Among many responsibilities, the Executive Director oversees the development, evaluation, and implementation of faculty governance policies, compiles faculty data and analytics to define trends related to inclusion and diversity, retention, academic advancement and salary equity, and creates guidance for faculty, staff and school-based leaders that enables support for faculty academic progress.

Arberetta holds a Masters in Higher Education Administration and received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the Wharton School. She is an active member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), and the Higher Education Protection Network (HEPNet). Please join us in welcoming Arberetta back to Penn and congratulating her on her new role as Executive Director of Faculty Affairs.