Fall Season

September 7, 2017

With the fall-like chill in the air and football season thankfully here, the Fall 2017 semester is off to a great start. As the community’s college, we appreciate and understand the value of athletics in our service area high schools. To that end, we are promoting our affordable, accessible and quality education in high school football programs; on local sports talk radio shows (WBUT’s Saturday Morning Sports Journal); and by sponsoring Sportsfever’s Channel 22 broadcast of the Mars-Hampton High School Football game on August 25.

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Fall 2017 Preview

August 9, 2017

Where oh where has summer gone?

While the calendar still indicates we are stuck in the dog days of summer, the beginning of the fall semester will be here before you know it.

Higher education in the Commonwealth has certainly been in the news a great deal lately. As part of the 14 institutions that make up Pennsylvania’s community college sector, our quality and affordability is more important than ever before.

That is especially the case at BC3. Our diverse credit and non-credit offerings; our impact on the communities we serve; our excellent faculty and staff; and our ability to leverage governmental funding with private donations are just some of the reasons we are ranked as the top community college in Pennsylvania by schools.com.

The 2017-18 academic year promises to be another exciting one. I am confident we can help you in your educational journey. Please feel free to reach out to let us know how we can assist you.


A Clear Path Forward

July 10, 2017

As I enter my second decade as President of Pennsylvania’s No.1 community college, I strategic-plan-postunderstand the significance of a solid strategic plan. I am pleased to introduce our latest, 2017-22 version. It is entitled: A Clear Path Forward.

Past plans have led to campus beautification, private giving, regionalization, improvement in athletics, student success and academic enhancement. The Strategic Pathways in this edition focus on our students, communities, resources and excellence.

Approved by our Board of Trustees at its June meeting, I am certain these Pathways will lead Butler County Community College to even greater heights through 2022 and well beyond.


Happy summer!

June 20, 2017

Wait a second … as I look to my calendar, the first day of summer hasn’t even hit yet. It is June 21. In reality, things haven’t slowed much at the College since Commencement on May 17.

Summer sessions are filled with our students and visiting students from other colleges and universities. It is not too late to sign up for credit classes if you are still interested. The Kids on Campus program will kick off on June 26 and runs through August 10. The program is another example of BC3 serving as the “community’s college.”

But, above all, I hope our dedicated faculty, staff and students get to enjoy rest and relaxation this summer. Life seems busier now than ever before. Connected 24-7 to the job or school work can take a toll. The significance of “away time” could never be emphasized enough. Doing so with family and friends is icing on the cake.

Our family vacation will be to Sandbridge, VA. Afterwards, my mother and her husband will host an annual Independence Day Celebration. I am looking forward to both.

Enjoy your summer.


A Sunny Day in May

May 8, 2017

It’s an early Monday morning. As I gaze out my window in the President’s Office, the sun is shining.

But, then again, the sun always shines on Butler County Community College.

And that is particularly the case this time of year. Within the last two weeks, we have held our annual Employee Recognition Dinner; a 20th Anniversary Celebration of the BC3 Alumni Association; and our Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

This week, we will hold our annual Nurses Pinning on May 11. On May 17, it is the College’s 49th Annual Commencement in the BC3 Field House on main campus.

Each event reinforces that I have the best job in the world: President of Pennsylvania’s No.1 Community College. What makes this place so special? It’s simple: the people. From Boards to students; staff to faculty; and alumni to the communities we serve.


Rho Phi Chapter wins awards

March 21, 2017

Move over March Madness, Butler County Community College had a monster slam dunk at the recent Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Regional Convention this weekend in New Jersey.

The College’s Rho Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa scored incredible victories by bringing home a variety of awards.

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Spring Break at BC3

March 9, 2017

Spring Break at Pennsylvania’s No. 1 Community College is here! While students and faculty are enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation, it has bemwc-neupaueren a busy few weeks.

From February 13-16, Executive Director of the BC3 Education Foundation and External Relations Ruth Purcell and I attended The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. We met with Congressmen Mike Kelly and Keith Rothfus and spent time with staff members of Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey. We discussed the importance of our country’s 1,100 community colleges and asked for continued support of federal PELL grants.

On February 25, my wife Tammy and I represented the College at the first Butler Radio “Men Who Cook” event, a fundraiser for local charities. While I didn’t exactly cook, our students in the Hospitality Management Program, under the direction of Jennifer Taylor, did. Their apple crumb cake was a huge hit!
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