Chris Pruitt Faculty

Program exposes business students to real-world learning

Alvernia University names Chris Pruitt, president and CEO of East Penn Manufacturing, its 2018-2019 Executive-in-Residence. Through the dynamic program, business students glean valuable insight into real-world experiences directly from regional corporate executives. Students also learn about the specific skills that business leaders are looking for in college graduates, various leadership styles and real-life business scenarios.


In addition to lectures conducted by Pruitt that continue through fall and spring semesters, students gain access to and learn from other members of the East Penn C-suite, covering topics such as business communications, ethical leadership and mergers and acquisitions.


In its fourth year, the Executive-in-Residence program exposes business students to regional executives and offers corporate leaders the opportunity to mentor Alvernia students. Past Executives-in-Residence have included Andrea Funk, former CEO of Cambridge-Lee; Scott Grube, CEO of Tompkins Financial; and Carl Anderson, general partner of Cannondale Partners LLP.


East Penn Manufacturing is the largest employer in Berks County and a private, family-owned company operating the largest single-site, lead battery manufacturing facility in the world.