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Joanne Judge named Board Chair at Alvernia University

Date: 7/14/2011

Img: Joanne JudgeAlvernia University has named Joanne M. Judge to chair its Board of Trustees, effective July 2011.

Judge is the co-chair of the Health Care Department at Stevens & Lee, where she focuses her practice on transactional and regulatory matters for health care systems. Headquartered in Berks County, Stevens & Lee is among the 200 largest law firms in the country.

In addition to being a lawyer, Judge is a certified public accountant and previously served as the president of Community Hospital of Lancaster for seven years and held the position of chief financial officer prior to her appointment as president. She is a fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association, where she earned a national lifetime achievement award in 1999. Judge was also named one of Pennsylvania’s inaugural “Best 50 Women in Business” in 2000 for her significant contributions to job growth in Pennsylvania.

Judge speaks frequently on health care issues, has written articles for numerous industry publications and has taught courses at Franklin & Marshall College and Millersville University. She has also served in leadership capacities in community and professional organizations including the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

In addition to her role as chair of Alvernia’s Board of Trustees, Judge serves on the board of directors for the Berks Workforce Investment Board, the United Way of Berks County and the Irex Corporation, where she is chair of the audit committee. She is past board chair of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA of Reading and Berks County.

Judge is the 2009 recipient of the Athena Award from the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry. She was also recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2004 through 2010 by being selected by her peers as among the top five percent of lawyers in the Commonwealth.

She holds a J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law and a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University.

  • 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.