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Executive Director Earns Doctorate From Drexel University

The executive director for assessment, research and planning at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently received a doctorate in educational leadership and management from Drexel University.

Brian L. Cygan, of Lock Haven, and originally of Butler, defended his dissertation, “Technical College Choice: An Action Research, Mixed Methods Study of Influences on the Enrollment Decisions of Students Admitted to a Technical College,” on Aug. 28 in Harrisburg.

Brian L. Cygan
Brian L. Cygan

The three-person dissertation committee included William J. Martin, Penn College’s senior vice president.

Cygan (second from left) is joined by members of the committee that heard his dissertation defense (from left): Roger G. Gonzalez and committee chair John M. Gould, associate clinical professors in Drexel's School of Education, and William J. Martin, senior vice president at Penn College.
Cygan (second from left) is joined by members of the committee that heard his dissertation defense (from left): Roger G. Gonzalez and committee chair John M. Gould, associate clinical professors in Drexel’s School of Education, and William J. Martin, senior vice president at Penn College.

Cygan joined the college staff in January 2010 as director of institutional research after five years in a similar position at Lock Haven University. He was previously employed as assistant director of institutional research at Slippery Rock University, and as a purchasing agent and pricing clerk for Spang & Co., Butler.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Grove City College and a Master of Education – with an emphasis in higher education management – from the University of Pittsburgh.

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