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Academics & Advising


scott romeikaScott Romeika, Director of Academic Affairs and Advising, joined the Wharton advising team in 2003. Scott not only manages undergraduate advising services, but also plays an active role in the development of interschool initiatives, works to build and strengthen international opportunities for our students, and represents the Wharton School on a number of university committees. Scott provides support and guidance to the faculty on academic programs and policies and is responsible for their implementation and oversight. Scott received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.A. and Psy.D. (doctor of psychology) from Widener University. He has completed internships in clinical psychology, college counseling, and school psychology settings. Outside the office, Scott enjoys running (scenic and muddy trails are best), music, trivia, baseball (go Phillies!), and Scrabble. Scott can be reached at romeika@wharton.upenn.edu.


Lindy Black-Margida

Lindy Black-Margida, Senior Associate Director of Academic Affairs, is the primary advising contact for students who are interested in pursuing minors or submatriculating into the Penn Law program. She also works closely with Wharton international students and serves as a liaison to the Penn Global’s International Student & Scholar Services Division.  Lindy earned a B.S. in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.  She loves to travel and enjoys spending time outdoors.  Lindy can be reached at lindyb@wharton.upenn.edu.


alissa carpenter

Alissa Carpenter, Senior Associate Director of Advising, serves as the key contact for students who are interested in pursuing studying abroad in the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East. Prior to joining the Wharton team, she earned her B.S in Speech Communications from Millersville University and a M.Ed. in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh.  In her spare time, she enjoys practicing/teaching yoga, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. Alissa can be reached at acarp@wharton.upenn.edu.


utsav schurmans

Utsav Schurmans, Senior Associate Director of Research and Scholars Programs, manages the Undergraduate Division's research and scholars initiatives and works to promote research experiences for all Wharton undergraduate students. He oversees the Joseph Wharton Scholars and Wharton Research Scholars programs as well as SPUR and SIRE. He also works closely with faculty from WFCUR and is a liaison to the University with respect to undergraduate research initiatives. Utsav received his Lincentiaat in Archaeology from the University of Leuven in Belgium, M.A. in Anthropology from Arizona State University, and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Based on his research in North Africa, the Near East, and Europe, Utsav has published numerous journal articles and edited a book on the use of stone tools during the Paleolithic. Prior to joining Wharton, Utsav taught courses, worked at the Penn Museum, and, most recently, served as House Dean in Ware College House, where he enjoyed advising and mentoring students. Utsav is actively engaged on campus in roles such as principal advisor to the Mayor's Scholars Program, Open Expression Monitor, and Past-Chair of the Penn Professional Staff Assembly. In his spare time, Utsav plays ultimate Frisbee, travels, and goofs around with his three kids. Utsav can be reached at schurman@wharton.upenn.edu.


Ufuoma AbiolaUfuoma Abiola, Associate Director, is the primary contact for students who are interested in submatriculating into the Wharton MBA program. She also serves as the liaison to Penn Abroad and is the key advising contact for study abroad programs in England, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, and Spain. Ufuoma earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in African and African Diaspora Studies from Boston College, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Child and Family Studies from Roosevelt University, and an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education along with the Certificate in College and University Teaching and the Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Ufuoma is currently completing an Ed.D. in Higher Education at Penn. In her spare time, Ufuoma enjoys the visual and performing arts and spending time with family and friends. Ufuoma can be reached at uabiola@wharton.upenn.edu.


alissa carpenter

Kendal Barbee, Associate Director, serves as the primary contact for students considering a leave of absence and is the contact for students who are interested in study abroad programs in Asia. She also oversees the graduation audit process and is the liaison to the Office of Student Conduct. Prior to joining the Wharton advising team, she advised undergraduate students in Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and in The College of Arts and Sciences. She earned a B.S.W. from Calvin College and a M.Ed. with a specialization in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University. She has worked at several colleges and universities both in the Midwest and in the Philadelphia area. Kendal can be reached at krb93@wharton.upenn.edu.


alissa carpenter

Liz Sutton, Associate Director, serves as NCAA eligibility officer for the Wharton Undergraduate Division and as the contact person for study abroad programs in Australia and New Zealand. She is the liaison to various academic resource centers on campus including CAPS, the Weingarten Learning Resource Center, and the Tutoring Center. Liz earned her Ed.M. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2010 and her B.A. in Comparative Religion from Tufts University in 2005. She is a dance and theatre enthusiast (sneaking her way on stage when possible) and enjoys yoga, soccer, and NBC’s Parks & Recreation. Liz can be reached at suttonel@wharton.upenn.edu.