Angela Stopper, PhD
Dr. Stopper is the Global Portfolio Strategist and Director of the Business Program Portfolio for the Penn State World Campus and Academic Outreach. She is currently working with the Outreach senior management team to establish, implement, and monitor a plan designed to cultivate global client accounts and university partnership agreements for the delivery of adult learning opportunities on the global market. Recently, Angela has been assigned to revitalize the business portfolio, containing both distance and face-to-face courses designed specifically to serve the learning needs of the adult learner market in the area of business education. Through research aimed at analyzing the global market and current competition, Angela works collaboratively with the senior leadership and operations teams to build a business portfolio of new and modified programs to meet market demand. Additionally, she provides marketing intelligence to the team in order to help formulate a coherent global sales strategy. Working across the University, Angela prospects for and develops global programming opportunities while providing the leadership necessary to facilitate collaboration among customers, faculty and program development staff to design appropriate programs utilizing the capability of World Campus, Penn State Continuing Education and the Penn State Video Learning Network.

Before her work with the Penn State World Campus, Angela spent 12 years working with Penn State Executive Programs as their Assistant Director of Operations, gaining operations management experience in the area of executive / adult education including logistical planning, program development, faculty selection and management, program delivery supervision, and post-program evaluation.

Angela’s past research projects include needs assessment work looking at past participant experiences in general management training at Penn State Executive Programs and the need for additional development activities, workshop development, consulting projects focusing on executive coaching, and research papers in the areas of learning preferences of a generationally diverse workforce and using distance learning in the area of non-credit adult education programs. Her PhD thesis is titled “Success Factors in Building Online Executive Development Programs in Three Universities: A Collective Case Study.”

Angela holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business, a Master of Science in Workforce Education and Development, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Workforce Education and Development with a concentration in Human Resources and Organization Development.