Dan Tangherlini, Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, to Keynote 2014 Wharton School MBA for Executives | Philadelphia Graduation

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Philadelphia, PA — The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has announced that Wharton MBA for Executives alumnus Dan Tangherlini, Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), will be the featured speaker at the School’s MBA for Executives graduation ceremony in Philadelphia.  The May 17, 2014, ceremony will take place at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.  Mr. Tangherlini, WG’01, was sworn in as Administrator of the GSA in July 2013, following 15 months as the Acting Administrator.  As GSA Administrator, Mr. Tangherlini is responsible for improving the U.S. government’s workplace by managing assets, delivering maximum value in acquisitions, preserving historic property and implementing technology solutions.

“Throughout his career in public service, Dan Tangherlini has been recognized for his fiscal and management leadership,” said Wharton Dean Thomas S. Robertson. “At the GSA, Dan is serving a vital role in building a more sustainable, responsible and effective U.S. government. Wharton graduates interested in pursuing roles in business and thought leadership are sure to learn from Dan’s insights.”

In the 1990s, Mr. Tangherlini worked in the Policy Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and eventually took on a variety of roles during six years of service with the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President.   During the following decade, he was employed in leadership positions within the District of Columbia — first, in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer of the Metropolitan Police Department, and later as City Administrator and Deputy Mayor of the District.

Mr. Tangherlini received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and his MBA from the Wharton School.

Information about the University of Pennsylvania’s 258th commencement ceremony is available at www.upenn.edu/commencement.

About the Wharton School and the Wharton MBA Program for Executives

Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 participants annually in executive education programs; and a powerful alumni network of 92,000 graduates.

The Wharton MBA Program for Executives offers the same MBA degree, rigorous curriculum, top Wharton faculty and high level of students as the traditional MBA program on Wharton’s main campus in Philadelphia. A residential program, students attend classes on alternate weekends and during two week-long sessions in the summer. Because Wharton students live and work together during focused on-site sessions, students have an opportunity to forge close connections with classmates as well as to foster teamwork skills. In addition, the integration of work and study provides a living laboratory for applying knowledge.