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Cotner Appointed Assistant Dean at Penn College


David R. Cotner has been named assistant dean in the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Prior to his appointment, Cotner served as department head in the college’s welding department.

“We are very pleased to have Dave Cotner join the leadership team in Industrial and Engineering Technologies,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “He has proven to be an outstanding teacher, mentor and adviser. He brings great enthusiasm to his work and a passion for student success. All of us at the college appreciate his contributions and look forward to continuing to work with Dave in his new role.”

David R. Cotner
David R. Cotner

Cotner joined the full-time welding faculty at Penn College in 2004. Previously, he was a certified welding inspector, production supervisor and certified welder for various heavy-fabrication companies. He was also an adjunct instructor for nine years in the college’s welding department and with Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College.

“Dave has demonstrated excellence in teaching, advising and leadership in his past role as welding department head, and we are excited to have Dave’s leadership skills added to our school office,” said Bill Mack, dean of the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies.

Cotner earned an associate degree in welding technology and a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, both from Penn College, as well as a Master of Science in education from Wilkes University. He maintains his Certified Welding Inspector license and has held many other welding certifications.

He is a recipient of the college’s inaugural Excellence in Academic Advising Award, an honor generated from student nominations.

To learn more about academic programs offered by the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies at Penn College, call 570-327-4520.

For more about the college, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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