Kathy Metzgar Lang

Kathy Lang

Kathy’s parents, Robert ’60 and Sally Metzgar, instilled in her a love of Penn State Behrend and of service. Her work is volunteering, and she enjoys giving back to the community in a variety of ways.

On roots: I grew up in Warren, Pennsylvania, where we still live today.

About her work: I enjoy volunteering and helping others when I have skills that are useful to them. I like to be busy and derive joy from productivity.

Family: Husband, Larry, and one son, Drew (Andrew), who earned an M.B.A. from Behrend in 2016. Kathy’s father, Robert, was named an Alumni Fellow in 1996. He and Kathy’s mother, Sally, have supported many projects and scholarships at Behrend, with the most visible being the Metzgar Admissions and Alumni Center.

On special moments: One of my fondest memories is watching our son receive his M.B.A. at Behrend and being hugged and congratulated on stage by his grandfather, who is a Penn State Trustee Emeritus.

Why she joined the WEC board: I enjoy being a mentor to students and helping them in any way that I can.

Most important traits for a professional woman to possess: Confidence, inner strength, and a sense of humor.

How she relaxes: Walking, reading, and working in my vegetable garden.

Best advice she’s ever received: Position yourself to take advantage of opportunity.

What she learned the hard way: Pace yourself. There was a time that I took on more projects than one person could possibly complete in the time frame that I had. My sleep patterns were disrupted, and I was overly anxious and nervous. My boss at the time sat me down and told me to slow down or my health would suffer. I realized he was right and that everything would be fine. Maybe it would not be exactly the way I planned it, but it would be good enough.

What you’d be surprised to know about her: I’m a beekeeper and a local history buff.

Most interesting place she’s visited: Ephesus, Turkey.


Kathy is happy to connect with you and is open to mentoring. How to reach her: