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Her High-Wire Act

Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi led the University of Louisville through crises, but her sudden move to Happy Valley raised questions about her motivations and commitment.

by Wyatt Massey
Spotlight PA State College
Illustrations by Daniel Fishel for Spotlight PA
Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi has often referenced the “glass cliff” that she and other leaders faced. The risk of failure is high. The edges of the cliff are transparent and could be anywhere.
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