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Catherine Baumgardner

Director of Professional Development and Student Engagement

330 Pond Lab
University Park , PA 16802

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Catherine Baumgardner is the director of professional development and student engagement and an associate teaching professor in the School of Public Policy. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member with the The University of Alabama at Birmingham, where teaches leadership courses in their Healthcare Quality and Safety program. Baumgardner joins the School of Public Policy from Health Policy and Administration at Penn State. 

Baumgardner holds a Doctor of Philosophy from The Pennsylvania State University in Workforce Education and Development. She received her Master of Health Administration from The Ohio State University. Her areas of research interest include organization development, workforce engagement, change leadership, and human resources issues related to talent management, recruitment, and retention. 

Dr. Baumgardner is an experienced health care executive with nearly 30 years of day-to-day operational experience and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  As a senior hospital executive, she was responsible for hospital-wide inpatient and outpatient management, oversight of hospital-wide quality and safety efforts, and support and clinical services. She has also worked with health insurance and physician practice management and advocacy organizations.  Baumgardner is passionate about customer engagement, having trained with the Disney Institute and the Ritz Carlton, and has applied this experience to many healthcare settings. She has an active consulting practice in leadership and organization development with an emphasis on executive and physician coaching, where she applies her skills as a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. 

In addition to being a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, she holds memberships in the American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administrators, the American Society of Training and Development, and the Society for Healthcare Marketing and Development. Catherine is Chair of The Ohio State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, a member of the Advancement Committee of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, and a member of the Development Committee of The Ohio State University Foundation Board.