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State General Services executive team tours main campus

Rissel (far right) leads the group through the library.
Rissel (far right) leads the group through the library.
Topper (left) and Hess listen to Kruppenbacher in a construction carpentry lab.
Topper (left) and Hess listen to Kruppenbacher in a construction carpentry lab.
Reasner (left foreground) and Van Stavoren (right) talk with the day's guests in an automotive lab. From left are Tomlinson, Fiore, Hess and Topper.
Reasner (left foreground) and Van Stavoren (right) talk with the day’s guests in an automotive lab. From left are Tomlinson, Fiore, Hess and Topper.
Led by Marty (right), the tour moves through College Avenue Labs' automotive restoration area.
Led by Marty (right), the tour moves through College Avenue Labs’ automotive restoration area.
Tomlinson tries his hand at a virtual-reality paint sprayer, which helps future technicians perfect their coverage skills without waste and mess.
Tomlinson tries his hand at a virtual-reality paint sprayer, which helps future technicians perfect their coverage skills without waste and mess.

Curtis Topper, Pennsylvania Department of General Services secretary, toured Penn College on Thursday with an administrative team that includes a Williamsport Area Community College alumnus overseeing the commonwealth’s automobile fleet. Among those on board was Kenneth Hess, deputy secretary for procurement, whose road to an MBA at Bucknell University began with an associate degree in business management from Penn College’s WACC predecessor in 1981. Hess spoke glowingly of his time on campus and how proud he is to see his alma mater grow into such a significant educational and economic force, statewide and nationally. He and Topper were joined by Jim Fiore and Randall Tomlinson, director and assistant director of vehicle management, respectively, as the group absorbed an illuminating sample of Penn College’s curricular offerings and how they dovetail with state government’s interests – the promise of electric vehicles, perhaps most notably. The group visited Madigan Library and an enticing variety of instructional areas, and enjoyed lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Taking part were President Davie Jane Gilmour; Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost; Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations; Ethan M. McKenzie, college relations fellow and 2021 alumnus; Patrick Marty, chief of staff; Timothy O. Rissel, executive director of Penn College General Services; Bradley M. Webb, dean of engineering technologies; Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies; Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean of transportation technologies; and Brian D. Walton, assistant dean of business and hospitality. Showcasing their areas were a quartet of highly engaged faculty: Shaun D. Hack, collision repair instructor; Jason W. Killinger, assistant professor of HVAC technology; Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology; and Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant professor of automotive.

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