Debra D. Sobina of Oil City has been appointed director of Clarion University – Venango. In this role, she will oversee administrative functions for Venango campus and West Penn School of Nursing in Pittsburgh.
"I look forward to this new opportunity to provide leadership for the Venango and Pittsburgh campuses and to work with the faculty and staff who have a tremendous amount of vision and energy for providing high quality educational opportunities," Sobina said. "This new model allows for great synergy as enrollments continue to grow in Clarion University's professional preparation programs and on all of Clarion's sites and in all learning modalities."
Sobina will work with the academic deans of the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Business Administration and Information Sciences, and the College of Arts, Education and Sciences, who maintain office hours at Venango campus. Together, they will create and place in-demand programs and degrees at the Venango and Pittsburgh sites.
Sobina, previously director of finance and administration for Venango campus, earned her Master of Business Administration and bachelor's degree in economics from Clarion University. She sits on the Oil Region Alliance of Business Industry & Tourism Board and serves as the treasurer. Additionally, she is a member of the Venango Catholic High School Board and chairs the organizational committee as part of Oil City Main Street.