The director of The Arboretum at Penn State is appointed by the Provost. The director’s principal responsibility is to coordinate the implementation of the Arboretum plan as approved by the Board of Trustees in March 1999. In doing so, the director works with scores of faculty and staff representing most University colleges, as well as many non-University experts, in the design, utilization, and execution of all Arboretum elements and programs. The director reports to a Steering Committee of deans that is the overall governing body for the implementation of the Arboretum plan.
In addition to the director, the Arboretum is currently staffed with a director of development, a director of operations, an event and marketing coordinator, a public programs manager, a plant records and horticulture coordinator, a development assistant/volunteer coordinator, a part-time financial coordinator, a part-time childhood education coordinator, a part-time childhood education assistant, and a part-time natural areas program assistant.