Announced during an on-campus press conference June 2,
2009, Leadership Berks and its impressive program will become a part of
Alvernia University through the completion of an asset purchase
agreement recently approved by the University and the Leadership Berks
board. The change will become effective July 1, 2009.
According to Alvernia’s President, Dr. Thomas Flynn, “Coupled with earning University status last September, and selection by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as one of 119 colleges and universities in the country held up as models of community leadership, community partnerships, and community service, not to mention the recently concluded 50th anniversary celebration, this development is yet another significant accomplishment for Alvernia over the past year.”
The Leadership Berks program will continue to offer the same quality programming that has been its strength for almost 25 years. Toni Eckert, Executive Director of Leadership Berks said, “We will continue our annual tradition of engaging over 75 key leaders, field experts, and elected officials, who serve as program instructors, and will continue to offer experiential learning opportunities for participants through our fieldwork projects. We believe this agreement will serve to enhance our overall capacity to respond to community and business needs, enhance the role we play in keeping talent local; and allow us to demonstrate how our programs can help market Greater Reading and Berks County from an economic development standpoint.”
Joan Lewis, Alvernia Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies said, “Alvernia is a place where leadership is taught and promoted. The partnership with Leadership Berks gives the university yet another avenue to address this critical issue for our community.” Leadership Berks will work closely with the Graduate and Continuing Studies division of Alvernia.
Though the decision was well planned, the process has been smooth because of similarities between the groups’ missions. “Merging Leaderships Berks and its tradition of connecting emerging leaders to community organizations, further enriches Alvernia’s Franciscan tradition and provides an unparalleled synergy in mission for both organizations with terrific benefits to Greater Reading and Berks County,” said Dr. Flynn.