Penn State has named Kenya Mann Faulkner chief ethics and compliance officer. She will begin her new role on Dec. 3.

Faulkner is currently managing director for business intelligence and investigations at global risk management firm Kroll. She will succeed Regis Becker, who retired from the University in June 2018. During the national search for Becker’s successor, Gary Langsdale, Penn State’s risk officer, has served in the role in an interim capacity.  

Faulkner specializes in leading enterprise-level risk management initiatives related to ethics, compliance, workplace issues, conflicts of interest, and institutional governance. Throughout her career, Faulkner has served as a defense attorney, federal prosecutor, state inspector general, and vice president for legal affairs and general counsel at the University of Cincinnati.

In addition to her current role at Kroll, in 2018, Faulkner was appointed as the first chief integrity officer for the Treasury Department of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In this role, Faulkner focuses on establishing training, policies, and procedures to uphold and support the department’s commitment to ethical conduct. 

At Penn State, Faulkner will oversee the Office of Ethics and Compliance and the University’s comprehensive set of programs related to annual employee trainings, athletics integrity, export controls, youth programs, the University’s Values and Culture Survey, the Penn State Hotline, and more. In support of Penn State’s mission and strategic plan, Faulkner will develop innovative policies and approaches to educate and encourage administration, faculty, staff, and students to embrace a culture focused on ethics and compliance.