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Klein receives Trustee Emeritus status

Date: 6/9/2010

Pictured left to right, Doug Smith, Lee Klein, and Richard Purcell worked together on Alvernia's finance committee.


Long-time Alvernia Trustee, Lee Klein was recognized during a luncheon on June 17, 2010. During the event, many friends and colleagues took turns speaking about his accomplishments and inspirational career. Current Chair of the Board, Kathleen Herbein '95, delivered an impressive citation.

Citation for Leroy C. Klein:

"Lee Klein of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania served as a trustee of Alvernia University from 1999 to 2006. Today, we pay tribute to him as a man of integrity, faith and moral courage. 

Lee had a lengthy career with local industry giant, Carpenter Technology. He spent 31 years at the company and was named Vice President in 1997. His career with Carpenter enabled him to see the world as his job took him throughout the United States and also to Brazil, South America and Africa.

Although well-versed in cultures beyond Berks County, he is well-rooted here in Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Reading Central Catholic High School and also of Villanova University where he received a Bachelor’s degree and Temple University where he received a Masters degree. His interest in higher education continued later in his life as he served Alvernia University as a most valued Trustee.

Lee’s contributions to Alvernia and the Board were wide ranging, including membership on the search committee that brought President Flynn to Alvernia, but his most important service was his financial leadership as a trustee. He was a knowledgeable member and, later, a skilled chair of the Board’s Finance Committee.  His overall financial acumen was supplemented by in-depth understanding of higher education finances. His no-nonsense pragmatism was matched by his vision; his focus on strategic finances was combined with careful oversight of annual operations. And his leadership style engaged fellow trustees, even as he worked in partnership with the administration. Lee helped steer Alvernia into a future marked by fiscal stability and transformational improvement.

Alvernia was fortunate to be a primary focus of Lee following his retirement. He was attracted to the values and mission of the University, which are aligned with his own. Alvernia is committed to the vision of personal transformation, something Lee has experienced in his life during his personal journey and battle with cancer. After his diagnosis, he decided to use his experience to help others and speak publicly about his faith and how his illness has shaped his outlook on life.

His myriad contributions to the local community include support of various organizations, such as Easter Seals and Boy Scouts, both of which he served as a board member, and the March of Dimes WalkAmerica project. He and his wife Fran are also supporters of the Reading Public Museum and Opportunity House.

Lee and Fran met while freshmen in college. Lee had his wife’s enduring support while she worked as a teacher in the Reading School District while he finished his graduate degree. And Fran continues to be a source of great strength and enduring love. They are fortunate also to have three grown children and three grandchildren. 

No tribute to Lee would be complete without respectful mention of his crackerjack golfing abilities. Our self-proclaimed “golf-man” has spent long and productive hours on the course honing his admirable skills.

With great appreciation for his contributions, and with personal respect and affection, the Trusteeship Committee of the Board of Trustees recommended that Lee be granted emeritus status in recognition of his distinguished service as an Alvernia trustee. The Executive Committee of the Board unanimously endorsed their recommendation on May 5, 2010. And so today, in the company of your fellow trustees, we thank you, Lee, and officially honor you as an emeritus trustee."

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.