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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2016 President’s Timeline

February 1, 2017

pres-time-jpegHello BC3 colleagues, students, and friends.

The spring of 2017 is already three weeks old! Enrollments are steady and our students are off and running at our six college locations.

It is with great pride and pleasure that I introduce the annual President’s Timeline, which recaps the 2016 calendar year. As you will see, there is much to highlight from another banner year at Pennsylvania’s No. 1 community college.


A Fantastic Fall 2016

December 21, 2016


Finals are finished, students are getting their grades and the College is putting a giant bow on another fantastic fall semester.

The fall of 2016 is one that will forever be remembered. Consider the following list of accomplishments over the last five months:

I am truly lucky to be the leader of this phenomenal institution of higher learning.