Holiday Season

December 7, 2017

It is officially the holiday season. Where has the semester gone? Here are some highlights from a memorable Fall of 2017 semester:

Read the rest of this entry »

Professional Development

November 6, 2017


Greetings from Eastern West Virginia Community College in beautiful Moorefield, WV. I am attending the Fall Conference of the Community Colleges of the Appalachia (CCA). Not sure if you realized, but BC3 is part of the Appalachian region.

I am delighted to join Presidents and staff members from states like Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, New York, Ohio and of course West Virginia. Furthermore, I am honored to serve on the CCA Board of Directors.

Read the rest of this entry »

Community College Daily

October 4, 2017

As a former journalist, I watch, read, and listen to the news with a critical eye.

What angle did the reporter take? How effective were the quotes? Was the reporting accurate?

Unfortunately, my analysis of the media lately has been of sorrow for what it is reporting. Global news is chock-full of natural disasters and desperation. Here in the United States, natural disasters have left citizens vulnerable. And the news from Las Vegas could not be more gut-wrenching.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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

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.