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Alvernia University announces leadership change

Alvernia University is preparing for a change in leadership.

In a statement released Thursday morning, the university announced that President John R. Loyack will be leaving his post June 30. He will transition into a short-term advisory role as the school’s CEO.

Loyack will be replaced by Dr. Glynis Fitzgerald, Alvernia’s current senior vice president and provost. Thursday’s statement was signed by Loyack and Fitzgerald.

The presidential transition plan has been approved by Alvernia’s board of trustees.

“I have so enjoyed the opportunity to lead this great university and campus community,” Loyack wrote in the statement. “And I could not be prouder of the transformational progress we made together over the past four years for our students and the communities in which we learn and serve.”

Loyack said he is confident Fitzgerald will continue Alvernia’s transformation.

Alvernia has, indeed, transformed during Loyack’s brief, four-year tenure. The Franciscan Catholic institution has added new campuses — including the still-expanding John R. Post CollegeTowne Center in downtown Reading — and a host of new programs including engineering and health sciences.

Loyack and Fitzgerald cited other changes at the university in their statement, including:

• The creation of the Pottsville CollegeTowne campus.

• The transition of the O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship into a engine for economic growth that has assisted more than 220 local entrepreneurs.

• The globalization of the Alvernia campus, with over 100 students from across the globe now calling Reading home.

• The three largest incoming classes in university history.

• The addition of five new athletic programs.

• The most extensive fundraising campaign in history and record-setting financial performance that ensures its sustainability.

“Alvernia is well positioned to continue to meet the growing challenges faced by higher education institutions through expansion efforts and hyperfocus on experiential learning, student outcomes and the student experience,” Loyack and Fitzgerald wrote.

Source: Berkshire mont

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