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06.18.2013

Legacy of Leaders
George E. Logue Sr.

George E. Logue, left, being cited as an outstanding alumnus of Williamsport Area Community College by Clyde E. Williamson, chairman of the board of trustees.
George E. Logue, left, being cited as an outstanding alumnus of Williamsport Area Community College by Clyde E. Williamson, chairman of the board of trustees.
George E. Logue Sr., joined by Peyton D. McDonald (left) and William D. Davis Sr. (right), was among the charter directors of the former Williamsport Area Community College Foundation honored upon the group's 30th anniversary in June 2011.
George E. Logue Sr., joined by Peyton D. McDonald (left) and William D. Davis Sr. (right), was among the charter directors of the former Williamsport Area Community College Foundation honored upon the group’s 30th anniversary in June 2011.

With imminent gubernatorial approval to rename a Lycoming County bridge in memory of George E. Logue Sr., we pause to honor the visionary contributions of a distinguished alumnus. Logue died Oct. 30, 2012, after a wide-ranging entrepreneurial career – but not before sharing the rich story of his success. Recounting his early years as a youth influenced by Williamsport Technical Institute’s founding director through his innovative life’s work, Logue speaks proudly of his heritage, his legacy and his longtime connection to the institution.

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Alumni Centennial
05.21.2013

Legacy of Leaders
Davie Jane Gilmour

Davie Jane Gilmour
Davie Jane Gilmour

When Davie Jane Gilmour was named Penn College’s president 15 years ago this month, her mantra of “People make the difference” quickly turned the focus back onto the human element at the root of the institution’s historic success. Coupled with a renewed emphasis on the college’s role in the community, the tone was set from the very start of her administration, when a Diamond 10 celebration marked the college’s 85th anniversary and its 10th year as an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University. “We are proud of our history and of a tradition that sets us apart from others in higher education,” Gilmour said. “We have roots deeply planted in this community. We are not, nor should we be, a gated community unto itself.” While eyes are keenly focused on next year’s centennial observance, her presidency has seen an impressive succession of milestones: a new entrance, which helped spur economic development all along Maynard Street; the Field House, designed and built by students; installation of the area’s largest American flag, which quickly became a community symbol; expanded campus housing (and the accompanying attention to student life); transformation of the vacated HON Industries Inc. building into College Avenue Labs; programs that spur youngsters’ interest in technological careers; a Student and Administrative Services Center; and − a longtime goal realized −  the Madigan Library. And through it all, Gilmour has been a tireless example of town-gown cooperation, lending her time and leadership talents to area as diverse as Little League Baseball, philanthropy, health care and the arts. More can be learned in “Legacy of Leaders,” the second volume in the Countdown to the Centennial series. The book, supported by a centennial website, is available for $9.95 from The College Store.

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Alumni Centennial
04.16.2013

Legacy of Leaders
James E. Middleton

James E. Middleton
James E. Middleton

The chief academic officer during Williamsport Area Community College’s monumental transition into Pennsylvania College of Technology will step down in 2014 after 10 years as president of Central Oregon Community College. James E. Middleton assumed the presidency there in 2004 after a decade at the helm of California’s College of Marin. Serving in a number of administrative capacities during his 11-year local career, Middleton is among the campus luminaries profiled in “Legacy of Leaders” – the second book in the centennial series at Penn College.

Alumni Centennial
04.02.2013

Legacy of Leaders
Robert L. Breuder

Robert L. Breuder
Robert L. Breuder

“I was willing to upset the equilibrium,” recalled Robert L. Breuder, whose 17-year tenure as college president – chaotic, contentious and altogether constructive – was the most transformational in the institution’s history. Hired to shore up a blighted Williamsport Area Community College and build on its vocational reputation, Breuder embarked on a quest that led to the creation of Pennsylvania College of Technology. It was an administration marked by calculated risk and occasional impertinence, and one that included immeasurable enhancement to the college’s footprint: the Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center (which now bears Breuder’s name), the addition of bachelor’s degrees, the Community Arts Center and –  largest of all –  an affiliation with The Pennsylvania State University that anchored the institution’s very future. “I think of all the people I worked with … who stayed the course … who put away the differences of opinion that we had,” the former president said, “and we created this masterpiece that, in the end, we can be proud of.” Much more about the Breuder years and the institution’s rebirth as “Pennsylvania’s premier technical college” can be found in “Legacy of Leaders,” the second volume in the Countdown to the Centennial series. The book, supplemented by an ever-growing centennial website, is available for $9.95 from  The College Store.

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Alumni Centennial
03.04.2013

Legacy of Leaders
David M. Heiney

David M. Heiney
David M. Heiney

“I have very, very fond memories of (Williamsport Technical Institute) and the (Williamsport Area) Community College,” said David M. Heiney, who served as interim president of the latter from 1980-81. “I think it really gave a boost to my professional career.” Although his administration was brief, Heiney’s overall career at the college, including his years as a respected and innovative student affairs professional, coincided with the institution’s growth on a number of levels. Among them was the focus on student activities and housing, helping to move WACC from a commuter campus to a more traditional college community, and his transitional assistance after President Robert L. Breuder was hired in a national search. Much more about his interim presidency can be found in “Legacy of Leaders,” the second volume in Penn College’s Countdown to the Centennial series. The 120-page book, enhanced by videos and other material at the centennial website, is available for $9.95 from The College Store.

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Alumni Centennial
02.05.2013

Legacy of Leaders
William H. Feddersen

Dr. William H. Feddersen
Dr. William H. Feddersen

“People will judge you by your actions,” said William H. Feddersen, one of the nation’s youngest college presidents when he took the reins at Williamsport Area Community College nearly four decades ago. “They’re going to watch what you do, not just what you say.” He combined vigor and vision in setting the course for the institution, which grew from Williamsport Technical Institute and would become Pennsylvania College of Technology within five years of his administration. Building on the college’s deep vocational technical roots, Feddersen implemented long-range planning, undertook overdue building renovations, broached the need for on-campus housing, initiated regular interaction with students and cemented the college’s role in the outlying community. Much more about his presidency can be found in “Legacy of Leaders,” the second volume in the Countdown to the Centennial series. The 120-page book, abundantly illustrated and complimented with videos and more at the centennial website, is available for $9.95 from  The College Store.

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Alumni Centennial
01.07.2013

Legacy of Leaders
Kenneth E. Carl

Kenneth E. Carl
Kenneth E. Carl

During a 36-year career in higher education – more than one-third of the century celebrated during the centennial of Penn College and its predecessors – Kenneth E. Carl tirelessly wore many hats: alumnus, faculty member, president and mentor. A graduate of the Williamsport High School vocational program (that began in what is now the Klump Academic Center basement), Carl was a mechanical drafting instructor when chosen as the first director of Williamsport Technical Institute. He was beyond instrumental in furthering legislation to create a statewide community college system, and led WTI’s transition into Williamsport Area Community College after that measure was passed. “He is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and of indefatigable vitality,” one group of observers says of Carl in “Legacy of Leaders,” the second volume in the Countdown to the Centennial. “He leads by example and everybody runs to keep up.” The 120-page book, fully illustrated (and bountifully supplemented at the centennial website), is available for $9.95 from  The College Store.

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Alumni Centennial
12.06.2012

Legacy of Leaders
Historical Harbinger Has WTI Connection

Joseph L. Lockard
Joseph L. Lockard

Seventy-one years ago, on a day that has lived well beyond infamy, an eventual Williamsport Technical Institute student was an eyewitness to history. From his position at the Opana Radar Station in Hawaii, local soldier Joseph L. Lockard saw the impending attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. His story, shared on a somber anniversary in honor of a notable alumnus, is retold among the college’s Centennial “Memories.”

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Alumni Centennial Legacy of Leaders
12.04.2012

Legacy of Leaders
George H. Parkes

Dr. George H. Parkes
Dr. George H. Parkes

During an interview for Penn College’s ongoing oral history project, a former dean of applied arts noted, “Behind every great institution stands the shadow of one man – that was Dr. George Parkes.” Those comments from James P. Bressler about the founder of Williamsport Technical Institute are particularly fitting as the college moves ever closer to its 100th anniversary in 2014. “Legacy of Leaders,” the recently published second volume in the Countdown to the Centennial, brings Parkes and his successors out of the shadows with inspiring stories of their momentous impact. The illustrated volume, which takes readers on a richly detailed journey from the birth of WTI to the institution’s present-day renown, is available from The College Store.

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Alumni Centennial Legacy of Leaders