A graduate of Delaware State University with a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration. Penney has been a CPA since 1992. She practiced public accounting in Delaware for 18 years before returning to her alma mater, DSU, as the Associate Vice President of Finance. She spent 2 1/2 years in the public sector of higher education before joining Washington College in 2007. She resides in Wyoming, De with her husband, Mark, and children, Max and Kelly and spends much of her free time on the softball field with her daughter, Kelly.