Chair of Penn State Harrisburg’s Board of Advisers Christine Sears has been promoted to executive vice president and COO of Penn National Insurance.
A 1977 Penn State Harrisburg graduate with a degree in business, Sears had served as the Harrisburg-based Penn National Insurance executive vice president and CEO since 2007.
Sears joined Penn National in 1980 as a financial analyst and has held various leadership positions with the firm. She was named assistant controller-financial reporting in 1987 and moved to property and casualty controller in 1990. In 1992, she was appointed vice president and controller and in 1999 became senior vice president and CFO.
A Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, she was elected to the Penn National board in 2002.
Sears has served on Penn State Harrisburg’s Board of Advisers since 2003 and is a member of the School of Business Administration Advisory Council. She was Penn State Harrisburg’s Alumni Fellow in 2009 and in 2004 was honored by the college chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society.