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Hands-On Presidency: Colleagues applaud Gilmour’s service, sensibilities

Gilmour is officially installed as president during a 1998 convocation ceremony.

From Penn College Magazine, Spring 2022: As President Davie Jane Gilmour prepares to retire in June 2022, colleagues celebrate her 45 years of service to students, the college and the greater community. Read the story.

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The latest edition of Penn College Magazine – on its way to mailboxes and available at – takes a look at the hands-on presidency of Davie Jane Gilmour and celebrates the work of alumni who are pursuing their passions in Major League Soccer (Christian Peters ’20, assistant team administrator for Real Salt Lake), nonprofits (Todd Fox ’98, organizational development consultant for Habitat for Humanity International) and high-end restaurants (Dean Yasharian ’03, chef/owner of Perle Restaurant).

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EQT Foundation grant to promote career opportunities

A grant from EQT Foundation, the philanthropic extension of EQT Corporation, the nation’s largest producer of natural gas, will help Pennsylvania College of Technology address the national skills shortage and overcome the misconception of “dirty jobs” in technical fields.

The foundation’s Parents as Partners in Applied Technology Education grant will help familiarize parents of secondary-school-age students with the importance and availability of an applied technology education. It will also promote awareness of career opportunities by inviting parents to campus and providing them with resources to enhance their children’s education and career-exploration activities.

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Pennsylvania College of Technology names new president

Following a national search, Pennsylvania College of Technology has chosen Michael J. Reed to lead the institution as its eighth president, effective July 1.

The Penn College Board of Directors on Wednesday approved the choice of Reed, the college’s vice president for academic affairs and provost, after an extensive search process led by Storbeck Search, of Media. He will succeed longtime President Davie Jane Gilmour, who has announced that she will retire on June 30.

A native of Glenshaw, a Pittsburgh suburb, Reed is one of 10 siblings and a first-generation college student. He was selected from a group of three finalists for the position who met with students, faculty and staff in December.

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Kuzio family establishes first endowed internship fund

Keith and Jennifer Kuzio and their family are supporting Legacy Campaign efforts at Pennsylvania College of Technology by establishing the first endowed internship fund at the institution.

Keith Kuzio was a civil engineer and executive with Larson Design Group for 35 years before retiring to open a leadership consulting practice in 2020. Jennifer Kuzio has been an educator engaged in work with pre-kindergarten, elementary and college students for more than two decades.

“Keith and Jennifer’s steadfast leadership and financial investments throughout the Penn College community and the Greater Williamsport area continue to create access and improve lives,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “Our tomorrows are so much brighter because of their humble spirit and servant leadership – a truly inspiring legacy.”

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Gilmour named chair of MSCHE accrediting organization

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour has been elected chair of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a nongovernmental membership association that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an institutional accreditor to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation activities for more than 500 institutions of higher education.

Gilmour, whose term as chair begins Jan. 1, has served as vice chair for MSCHE and its Executive Committee since January 2020. She returned to the commission in 2019 after having previously served from 2012-17.

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Penn College Fall 2021 Commencement set for Dec. 18

An in-person commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, for the 320 students who have petitioned to graduate at Pennsylvania College of Technology following the Fall 2021 semester.

The ceremony, in which more than 220 students are expected to march, will be held at 11 a.m. at the Community Arts Center. In accordance with the college’s COVID-19 pandemic protocols, face masks will be required indoors for all participants and attendees.

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Board member establishes scholarship honoring her father

Lynda Livingston, a member of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors, has established an automotive scholarship at the college in memory of her father.

The Pepper-Livingston Memorial Automotive Scholarship honors the memory of Duane F. Pepper, who owned and operated Pepper’s Body Shop in Franklin Township, Bradford County.

The scholarship supports incoming students from Lycoming or Bradford counties who are pursuing their education in automotive majors at Penn College. It is renewable for up to four years and includes support to offset costs for recipients to complete their automotive internships.

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Deans Council fulfills aim of yearlong leadership academy

Deans Council at Pennsylvania College of Technology, which resolutely navigated COVID-19’s challenges while organizationally downsizing, this week celebrated the successful completion of a 12-month professional-development activity focused on collaborative leadership.

A closing event in the Thompson Professional Development Center marked a graduation for participants in the Work Wisdom Academy, which regularly held remote sessions throughout 2021 on such varied topics as communication, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, accountability and workplace culture.

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Cunningham family commits $200,000 to Legacy Campaign

The Cunningham family – all eight siblings attended Pennsylvania College of Technology or its predecessor, and four served as college employees – recently pledged $200,000 to the Tomorrow Is in the Making: Legacy Campaign for Penn College to bolster student scholarships at the institution.

The siblings’ commitment is in honor of Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, who has announced she is retiring in June 2022. Additionally, it honors the memory of the siblings’ parents, Jean and Donald M. Cunningham Sr.; brother, David ’81; and sister, Carol ’78.

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Pennsylvania College of Technology Presidential Search update

State Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Presidential Search Committee, provided the campus community with an update of the group’s work on Monday.

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State Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Presidential Search Committee, provided the campus community with an update of the group’s work on Monday.

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West Liberty University to honor President Gilmour

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour is among the West Liberty University alumni inductees chosen for inclusion on the institution’s Wall of Honor this fall.

Gilmour is one of three 2021 inductees being honored during the Oct. 15 event. The ceremony is part of the Impact of Philanthropy and Wall of Honor Recognition Dinner taking place in the renovated Wall of Honor alcove in the Paul N. Elbin Library. West Liberty is honoring two years’ worth of honorees; the 2020 ceremony, which was to celebrate four inductees, was postponed due to the pandemic.

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College celebrates another ‘best-ever’ philanthropic year

Despite a year of continuing challenges, donors to Pennsylvania College of Technology were honored Monday evening for unwavering support that ignited a record-setting year for institutional fundraising.

The combined contributions of steadfast alumni, corporate partners, friends, retirees and colleagues – a milestone $8.3 million during fiscal 2021 – were recognized during an annual ceremony alongside the Penn College Donor Wall, which pays permanent tribute to those whose contributions of gifts, pledges, donations and entrustments of equipment and technology, and estate commitments significantly empower students.

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Entranceway repairs open door to honoring a community pillar

The Witmer Group, a masonry contractor based in Mount Joy, is continuing remediation of the 22-year-old entrance fountains and repairs to the brick pillars surrounding Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus entrance – presenting an opportunity for well-wishers to honor the legacy of retiring President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The entrance and the capstoned pillars, linked by black fencing along Maynard Street and beyond, were dedicated in September 1999. That ceremony – a little more than a year after Gilmour assumed the college presidency – was the culmination of Penn College’s Diamond 10 anniversary, marking 85 years of education and a decade as a Penn State affiliate.

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