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Because You Matter is much more than a simple slogan. It embodies our core Franciscan values and holds our students, faculty, staff, alums and guests accountable for sustaining and nurturing our welcoming, inclusive and vibrant academic community. Our shared vision is to serve as the educational partner of choice for people, organizations and communities desiring to make a positive, sustainable difference through ethical business, communication, and leadership. Our caring faculty provide educational excellence in business, communication, and leadership focused on developing ethical high performers, inspiring action and delivering value.

Because our students are central to everything we do, we strive to deliver relevant, responsive, and transformational programs that meet their needs. And while we are innovative and creative, the hallmarks of our unique learner experience remain foundational. We will always pride ourselves on our inclusive community, Franciscan values, teaching excellence, experiential learning and academic quality.

Our university is anchored in the liberal arts, which allows our students to graduate with the abilities required to add immediate value in our rapid and ever-evolving world. Employers from the for-profit, nonprofit and public sectors hire our students because they know they are getting high performers who are problem solvers, critical thinkers, effective and persuasive communicators, relationship builders and adaptable professionals.

The John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne houses our state-of-the-art facilities, along with engineering programs, the O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, a business incubator and technology transfer office, Berks Community Television (BCTV) and numerous community partners. This robust hub of diverse activity and entrepreneurial spirit leads to unlimited experiential learning opportunities for our students, community and partners.

We are committed to providing the latest technology to support learning, research and innovation. We have podcasting rooms, studio space, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Bloomberg Terminal. Located in our business labs, Bloomberg Terminal is a service used by leading business and financial professionals worldwide that provides:

  • Real-time and historical data.
  • Market-moving news.
  • Electronic trading for every asset class.
  • Research.
  • A global network to communicate securely and reliably.
     

Our engaged alumni and committed community partners support our award-winning programs, students, and clubs. Our faculty, who hail from some of the world’s most prestigious Ph.D. programs and who have professional experience, offer thought-provoking and pragmatic curriculums. Our students and faculty benefit and learn from executives who serve in our executive-in-residence program and sit on our advisory board.

I look forward to you joining our community of engaged learners. Our team will continue to work hard to provide everything you need to grow and develop into an ethical high performer who makes a positive difference in people’s lives, organizations, and society.

I invite you to explore our graduate and undergraduate programs, centers of excellence and institutes, faculty, and our broader Alvernia University community through our website and social platforms, and by visiting our campus. Our students, faculty, staff and I welcome the opportunity to share more about our heritage, mission, core Franciscan values and the Alvernia Advantage!

Peace and all good things,

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Travis A. Berger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business and Leadership
Dean, College of Business, Communication & Leadership