Director of The Center for Character, Conscience, and Public Purpose at Penn State University
Tim Balliett, Ph.D. has been the Director since 2018. The Center promotes moral and civic learning among Penn State’s students through character development, cultivation of ethical leadership, and thoughtful and engaged citizenship to advance the common good. Among the Center’s programs are Project Cahir (a scholarship and engagement program on poverty and its effects), The Lion’s Pantry (a network of five student-run food pantries at the University Park campus), and coordination of services for food and housing insecure students at Penn State’s 24 campuses. Tim earned a B.A. in Psychology and Social Sciences with secondary education teaching certification at Gannon University, Erie; a ST.B. and M.Div. at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore; and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Penn State. He holds certifications in ethics and compliance, town and gown relations, and financial and personnel management in parish organizations.