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Business Affairs Reorganizes at Penn College

Robert M. FisherSuzanne T. StopperPennsylvania College of Technology has reorganized its Business Affairs operations to address organizational growth and an evolving business structure.

Effective Sept. 1, Suzanne T. Stopper has been named vice president for finance, chief financial officer. Her responsibilities include Financial Operations, long-range financial planning, procurement services, auditing and budget development.

Robert M. Fisher became vice president for business operations. Fisher will focus on The College Store, Dining Services, contracts and risk management, and investments. He will also work with the Penn College Foundation, serve on the Community Arts Center Board of Directors and serve as assistant treasurer to the Penn College Board of Directors.

The revised structure in Business Affairs was approved in August by the board of directors. Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour said a number of factors have prompted the new approach, including organizational maturity, growth in operations of both The College Store and Dining Services, an increased focus on risk management and contracts, and conversion of the collegewide financial computer management system.

“With their experience, qualifications and demonstrated leadership skills, Suzanne and Rob are well-suited to handle their new duties and responsibilities within Business Affairs,” Gilmour said. “In challenging economic times such as these, it is reassuring to have them overseeing the various business operations of the college.”

Stopper has been employed at Penn College since 2006 as associate vice president for business affairs/controller. Previously, she was employed by Susquehanna Health and one of its predecessor institutions, The Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center, for 14 years, serving in a variety of positions, including vice president and controller.

She graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She is a certified public accountant and holds professional memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She serves on the board of directors for Hope Enterprises Inc. and resides in Loyalsock Township with her husband, David, and their five children.

Fisher, who had served as vice president for business affairs, has been employed with Penn College since 1990. Previously, he was employed as vice president for business affairs at South Florida Community College; as a physical plant supervising accountant, accountant and adjunct instructor of business at Daytona Beach Community College; and as an accountant for the County of Volusia, DeLand, Fla.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Stetson University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida and an associate degree in business administration from Daytona Beach Community College. He resides in Cogan Station with his wife, Karen. They have two grown children.

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