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Penn College Board Re-Elects Slate of Officers

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday re-elected its full slate of officers for 2015-16.

The re-elected officers are: Sen. Gene Yaw, chair; John J. Cahir, vice chair; and Joseph J. Doncsecz, treasurer. Other officers are Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, secretary; Valerie Baier, assistant secretary; and Suzanne T. Stopper, assistant treasurer.

The board tabled approving parameters that the college will submit with its state budget request for 2016-17. The state has not yet passed a budget for 2015-16. However, after a budget is passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor, the college must establish parameters for 2016-17, which will be submitted to the state within the request for Penn State.

In other business, the board authorized both Gilmour and Stopper, vice president for finance/CFO, to sign contracts on behalf of the college.

Board meeting summarized for college community
Board meeting summarized for college community

The board received an update on the college’s investments from Mark Stevenson, vice president and senior portfolio manager for Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors.

Other updates included information on 19 new faculty for Fall 2015, by Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost; the ongoing NCAA Division III affiliation process at Penn College, by Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; and the activities of Internal Governance, by Jan Jost, chair of College Council.

Jost said she hopes her legacy as College Council chair can be to take Governance “out of the realm as Penn College’s best-kept secret” by increasing student and employee input and engagement in the process.

Strickland offered a PowerPoint presentation covering budget and coaching changes associated with the college’s provisional Division III membership and its success in integrating into the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

He noted that the college had 20 all-conference athletes and 40 scholar-athletes in 2014-15. Ongoing challenges, Strickland noted in his report, include student-athlete recruitment and retention, and updates to athletic facilities on campus.

The next Penn College Board of Directors meeting will be held Dec. 3.