BC3’s approach shines during crisis

April 2, 2020

I’ve taught public relations for many years and at many different colleges and universities – including Butler County Community College.

Crisis management is so significant to public relations that I dedicate two weeks to teaching about how to confront adversity.

Honesty, transparency and being proactive are essential to dealing with a crisis. When faced with adversity in years past, BP Oil, Domino’s Pizza and Exxon failed. Johnson & Johnson and Pepsi thrived.

An organization’s true moral compass will become clear when faced with such adversity, I tell students. This is particularly true during the period of “escalating events” in a crisis lifespan.

I am proud to say our college has shined over the past three weeks. We have shared information in a timely manner with our internal and external stakeholders, including the media, whether the news be good or bad.

The late, great former Steelers head coach Chuck Noll often cited a “whatever-it-takes” attitude that lifted his team to four Super Bowls in six years beginning in 1975.

As president of a community college ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania five times beginning in 2015, I can easily borrow the term from the Emperor Chas and apply it to BC3.

Our shift to remote instruction and a work-at-home model was a heavy lift, but went off flawlessly thanks to dedicated faculty, staff, trustees and students. No griping. No complaining. Just getting the job done with that “whatever-it-takes” attitude for the betterment of our most important asset – BC3’s students.

These are unique times. BC3 has been up to the challenge. I am confident that will continue, regardless of how long our country is confronted with the COVID-19 crisis. 

Pioneer Proud! 


A Message from the President

March 20, 2020
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Good evening.

Butler County Community College is releasing the below statement tonight.

As you know, the current COVID-19 situation is changing daily — sometimes hourly. The safety and well-being of our college community is constantly in the forefront.

I cannot stress enough how proud I am of each of you. Like true Pioneers, we are navigating this crisis and keeping our students at the center of our decisions.

Best wishes to each of you and your families.

President Neupauer

BC3 to close access tonight, begins remote instruction Monday

March 19, 2020

(Butler, PA) Access to all buildings and facilities on Butler County Community College’s main campus and at its additional locations is immediately closed to students, faculty, nonessential staff and the public until further notice in compliance with a statewide directive by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Wolf on Thursday ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to temporarily close their physical locations by 8 this evening as a precautionary measure with regard to COVID-19.

All BC3 employees will conduct college business remotely until further notice. Employees who are deemed essential will be granted administrative approval to access to BC3’s main campus and additional locations.

BC3 will move to remote instruction Monday, March 23, a format that will continue through the end of the spring 2020 semester.

All face-to-face noncredit workforce development, public safety, lifelong learning and adult literacy courses and trainings will move to remote instruction or have been canceled.

BC3’s closure of its main campus and additional locations does not impact remote instruction.  

BC3 had previously canceled all college and public events scheduled to be held on its main campus and at its additional locations until further notice.

The college’s precautionary measures in advance of Wolf’s order were intended to protect the safety, health and well-being of BC3 students, faculty, staff and the community with regard to COVID-19.

Updates will be posted on BC3’s website at https://bc3.edu/services/coronavirus-2019.html.


It’s On Us PA Pledge

February 3, 2016

2016-01-29-Govern-Wolf-Its-On-Us-Announcement-04Last week at Elizabethtown College, I represented both BC3 and Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges at an important announcement by Governor Tom Wolfe.

On January 29, I joined over a dozen of the Commonwealth’s college and university presidents, several school district superintendents, and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera in signing on to the “It’s On Us PA” pledge. “It’s On Us PA” engages educational leaders as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, civic leaders, families, and communities to make a personal and public pledge to play a role in preventing, addressing, and responding effectively to sexual violence. Read the rest of this entry »


2013 President’s Timeline

February 26, 2014

Pres Time BlogIt is with great enthusiasm that I share with you the 2013 President’s Timeline.

This is the second edition of the new, online format and replaces the printed President’s Annual Reports. The timeline chronicles BC3’s achievements and successes of the past year. So many of you are represented here, along with your programs, awards and news stories. I am sure you will enjoy the live links to photos, videos and news articles.

You can share this with your friends, family and business colleagues.

Finally, please feel free to let me know what you think by using the Feedback tab on the timeline. Please email me directly should you have other questions, comments or concerns.

Click the image above to view the 2013 President’s Timeline. Enjoy!


BC3 purchases 6.15 acre property

January 31, 2012

Two weeks ago, the College Board of Trustees approved a purchase of a 6.15 acre property that is adjacent to the College. The property has long been identified in our Master Planning Process as a key acquisition for the College.

Careful planning and smart business practices make such a purchase a reality.

There are lots of possibilities for the property, including: storage in a three-stall garage and barn, expansion of our current Children’s Creative Learning Center, and new ingress and egress into campus, office space, and community usage.

The closing for the property is still a month away. Click here to read more about this acquisition and stay tuned for more news on the transformation!