Celebrate and appreciate

November 18, 2021

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

A time for fellowship and food. A time for relaxation and reflection. A time for recognizing the people, places and things for which we are grateful.

I’ve offered my gratitude in this blog near this holiday for our faculty, our staff and our students. For our Pioneer Pantry, our building projects and our expansions. For our initiatives and our partnerships. And more.

I am also thankful for our success as a top-ranked institution of higher education, not possible without the outstanding professionals who served as president before me.

There was Dr. James A. Lawson, Dr. Thomas Ten Hoeve, Dr. Frederick W. Woodward, Dr. William N. Price, Dr. Thaddeus Penar, Dr. Fred Bartok and Dr. Cynthia Azari.

I am grateful for them.

I am grateful for how BC3 has improved lives for those gathered around Thanksgiving tables for nearly six decades.

I am grateful for you.

And I am, as always, so very Pioneer Proud!


Giving Thanks!

November 25, 2019
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Oak Trees in Autumn, BC3 Main Campus. Photo by William Foley

Hello, BC3 family!

There are so many reasons for so many of us to be thankful, and with Thanksgiving but a few days away, there’s not a better time for me to share with my BC3 family why I am grateful for you, and for what you accomplish. Here are 10 of the many reasons that come in mind in 2019:

10. The creation of our Pioneer PantryTalk about Pioneer Proud! This initiative has taken off – and the beneficiaries are our terrific students.

9. Our Workforce Development division and Public Safety and Continuing Education departments. In all, more than 20,000 people served annually. A true example of BC3 being the Community’s College.

8. “All in for Nursing.” The Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health Building. The Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health. A partnership with Grove City College. And I am certain there is more to come!

7. Expansion of BC3 @ Armstrong The residents of Ford City are excited. And so are we. Yet another example of our role in northwestern Pennsylvania.

6. Our downtown initiative in the City of Butler. Lunch and Learns, combating the opiate crisis, volunteerism, city beautification — and more. Incredible efforts that benefit our community.

5. President’s Cabinet. Always on my list. We are blessed to be surrounded by such intelligent, devoted professionals.

4. Our Board of Trustees and BC3 Education Foundation Board of Directors. Selfless, professional and tireless dedication that enables our college to maintain our ranking as the No. 1 community college in Pennsylvania by Schools.com in three consecutive surveys.

3. Our veterans, who are our students, our faculty or staff. We owe you so much. Thank you. You and your service are never taken for granted.

2. Our faculty Your role in our student-centered institution is crucial … and appreciated.

And the No. 1 reason I am thankful this holiday season … Our students. Many are first-generation who work while attending our college. You are our core and we are honored to offer to you our affordable, quality and accessible education.

Happy Thanksgiving!