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Flynn elected to Reading Hospital Board

Date: 6/2/2011

Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D., is one of three community leaders recently elected for a three-year term to the board of directors of The Reading Hospital and Medical Center and its parent corporation The Reading Hospital. Others elected to the board, effective July 1,  include Karen A. Rightmire, Executive Director of the Wyomissing Foundation, and Benjamin J. Zintak, III, President of Zeeco, Inc.
In making the announcement, Hospital Board Chairman C. Thomas Work stated, “We are excited to have each of them join the Hospital Board. They offer vast experience with a variety of the community's nonprofit boards, have exhibited great talent and vision, and will be adept at guiding a 144-year-old institution that is undergoing transformational change for the continued benefit of the people who live and work in the greater Berks County region.”

Flynn also currently serves as a board member of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, as well as a director of both the national Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the Association of Franciscan Colleges. Active in economic development, intercultural dialogue, and community-based learning initiatives, he currently serves on the boards of Berks County United Way and the Olivet Boys and Girls Club.

  • 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.