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Longtime Aviation Faculty Member Named Assistant Dean

Walter V. Gower has begun duties as assistant dean in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A 25-year faculty member, Gower most recently was assistant professor of aviation at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville.

“Wally Gower is an excellent addition to the leadership team in Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies,” said Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Wally has great experience as an educator and is respected by his peers and students. His enthusiasm for student success will be of great benefit to the school and the college.”

Walter V. Gower
Walter V. Gower

Gower is a three-time alumnus of the institution: He holds a Bachelor of Science in aviation maintenance technology (2010) and an associate degree in aviation technology (1994) from Penn College, and an aviation maintenance technician certificate (1982) from its Williamsport Area Community College predecessor.

He holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant license, with an Inspection Authorization.

“Walter is an effective educator with a proven student-centered approach,” said Brett A. Reasner, school dean. “He brings a wealth of knowledge about our students and majors. We are excited to see his impact in this new role.”

A veteran, Gower was an aviation mechanic in the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve, and later at Lycoming Air Services Inc. He was promoted to director of maintenance there, a position he held until joining the Penn College faculty in 1990.

He is a member of Pine Street United Methodist Church, Williamsport.

For more about majors within the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, call 570-327-4516.

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

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