Vice President for Administration


As Penn State’s Vice President for Administration, Frank T. Guadagnino reports directly to the President and is responsible for the management of the Office of the President and the Office of the Board of Trustees. Guadagnino is a senior adviser to the President and assists the President in the development and administration of policies and programs, serving also as the principal senior liaison with members of the Board of Trustees, and as the Secretary of the Board.

The Vice President for Administration is responsible for monitoring a broad range of University administrative matters, including oversight of searches for individuals serving in executive positions reporting to the President. Other responsibilities include drafting reports and position papers; managing the flow of internal and external communications for the Office of the President; representing the President on boards, committees, and councils; and carrying out special assignments of administrative priority.

In addition to his duties as Vice President for Administration and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Guadagnino continues to serve as Associate General Counsel, a role he assumed when he came to Penn State in 2014 after a career of more than 30 years at Reed Smith LLP in Pittsburgh. While in private practice, Guadagnino concentrated on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, and general corporate matters. In addition to representing the University, he has represented clients in the financial services industry, professional sports, restaurants, and manufacturers.

Guadagnino received his bachelor of science degree in marketing from Penn State and his juris doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was a symposium editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.