Holleran Center Names New Director

Following a national search that attracted a field of highly qualified candidates, Alvernia has announced that Jay Worrall has been named the university’s Director of the Holleran Center for Community Engagement. He will assume his new post in early August.

Currently executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Berks County, Worrall is well-known throughout the Berks region for his leadership on issues related to supporting disadvantaged individuals, and deep commitment to community service. He replaces Ginny Hand who is retiring in July after helping establish the center as a nationally recognized leader in community service and civic engagement.

Worrall is no stranger to Alvernia’s campus. He earned his Master’s degree in business administration from the university in 2009 (receiving the Outstanding MBA Graduate award) and has taught a number of Master’s level classes at Alvernia, including Moral Leadership and Cross-Cultural Conflicts. Worrall earned a Master of Arts in religion from Temple University and a Bachelor’s degree in religion studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

“This is truly an exciting step for the Holleran Center and I believe we have an outstanding leader in Jay who will move the center into the next stage of its growth.” said Dr. Shirley Williams, Alvernia’s provost. “He is a great addition to our campus community.”

 “It is an honor to be chosen to help direct the substantial resources that Alvernia students, staff and faculty have to offer towards the challenges faced in our community,” said Worrall. “I truly look forward to becoming a part of the excellent work being done by the Holleran Center of Community Engagement at this great university.”
In addition to his work with Habitat for Humanity, where he substantially increased support for those in need of affordable housing, Worrall has held positions of increasing responsibility with Neighborhood Housing Services of Reading, Schuylkill Community Action, Pottstown Family YMCA, and the Lessig-Booth Emergency Family Residence in Pottstown.

Alvernia University’s Holleran Center for Community Engagement identifies, cultivates and sustains partnerships that enhance campus and community life at the institution. Through service-learning classes and programs like the South Reading Youth Initiative, Ethics, Leadership, & Community Lecture Series, the Non-Profit CEO Roundtable and university-wide Days of Service, the center is focused on fostering the core value of service at Alvernia. The center also seeks to  improve the quality of life in our communities by developing students with a lifelong commitment to serve as ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

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