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Three New Members Added To Board Of Trustees

Posted February 12, 2020 at 2:07 pm

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees: Ms. Linda Thomson, Mr. Marc McCall, and Mr. Mike Puruczky.

“Our new board members are extremely active, community focused, and bring welcomed expertise and energy to the group,” stated Dr. Steve Nunez, President of Penn Highlands. “We are fortunate to have them on our team as we continue to expand our offerings throughout the region.”

Ms. Linda Thomson has been the President/CEO of JARI, a full-service economic development agency headquartered in Johnstown, PA, for 20 years. As CEO, Linda has worked collaboratively with the education sector by preparing community individuals and businesses for future and current workforce needs. Ms. Thomson received a bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg (College) University and a Master of Public Administration from Lehigh University. Linda is a member of the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board, the former president of the PA Economic Development Association, and a current member of the ECAC Philadelphia Federal Reserve. Ms. Thomson resides in Westmont with her husband David and her two daughters.

Mr. Marc McCall is a Sales Executive at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in downtown Johnstown. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and received a Master of Business from St. Francis University. Marc has worked in hospitality, healthcare technology, and insurance. A resident of Johnstown since 2002, Marc currently resides in Westmont with his wife, Kelly, and two daughters.

Mr. Mike Puruczky, a lifelong resident of Johnstown, is the Chief Financial Officer of Laurel Holdings, Inc. He dual majored in accounting and finance at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Mike started his career as an accountant for Wessel & Company, and he has worked for Laurel Holdings for the last 20 years, holding the title of CFO since 2005. Mike currently resides in Richland Township with his wife and two daughters.

The new trustees filled three vacant positions after trustees Steve McAneny, a trustee since 2006, John (Jack) Cavanaugh, a trustee of 19 years, and Pat Farabaugh, a trustee since 2014, did not renew their terms this past December.

“Penn Highlands is extremely grateful for the service and dedication that Steve, Jack, and Pat provided to the college,” stated Greg Winger, Board of Trustees Chairperson. “We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”

In addition to the announcement of the three new board members, new officers were also elected:

  • Mr. Greg Winger, Chairperson
  • Dr. Janet Grady, Vice Chairperson
  • Mr. Carl D. DeYulis, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Mr. Alan Cashaw, At-Large