Take a look back at the top stories of 2019!


Leadership Berks Class of ‘19
#10 Leadership Berks moves to GRCA in co-branded partnership
Leadership Berks, the premier professional development program for community leaders and housed at Alvernia University since 2009, moves under the auspices of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) in a new co-branded initiative with the university.
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#9 Nursing faculty stays on cutting-edge
For her commitment to enhancing the learning environment, Alvernia assistant professor of nursing Cynthia Rothenberger, DNP, RN, ACNS, BC, is one of 35 nursing faculty participating in a American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) bootcamp to equip nursing educators with cutting-edge digital learning strategies.
Alvernia University PLEX
#8 Alvernia unveils newly opened PLEX
The Alvernia University community gathered for the public unveiling, blessing and dedication of the newly opened 100,000 square feet academic and recreation hybrid facility Tom and Helen Flynn Complex for Recreation, Wellness and Health Sciences (PLEX).
President Flynn speaking at convocation
#7 Flynn earns emeritus status
The Alvernia University board of trustees grants emeritus status for outgoing president Thomas F. Flynn following 14 years of transformational leadership. This is the first time in the university’s history that an individual in the role of president has received such a distinction.
Abby Wells Alvernia University Fulbrigh Scholar
#6 Alvernia PhD student named Fulbright Scholar
Alvernia University doctoral graduate Abby Wells (Ann Arbor, Mich.) has been awarded the United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
Alvernia University sign at main entrance
#5 Alvernia secures $2.3 million U.S. Department of Education grant
Alvernia University receives a $2.3 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education, under the Strengthening Institutions Program. The grant will enable Alvernia to strengthen student achievement, persistence and retention, particularly in the formative first two years of the baccalaureate programs.
Francis Hall Patio
#4 Alvernia ranks among top 100 best regional universities
Alvernia University is ranked in the top 100 colleges and universities in the country. According to U.S. News & World Report, the university is among the 2020 Best Regional Universities in the North.

President Flynn with RCSP Students at Gala
#3 $2 million raised for endowed fund
About 800 people gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in downtown Reading for the Salute to Tom Flynn gala, celebrating his legacy of leadership and recognizing the phenomenal transformation of Alvernia during his 14-year tenure. A blend of business and community leaders as well as faculty, staff and students assembled to support one of Flynn’s signature achievements—Reading Collegiate Scholars Program. Funds raised through the gala, now at $2 million, will support the program in perpetuity, doubly the number of endowed scholarships from five to 10 out of 40.
Alvernia President John R. Loyack Welcome Reception
#2 Loyack advances leadership as seventh president
A career of advancing leadership in private industry and higher education, John R. Loyack commences his tenure as the seventh president of Alvernia University.

John R. Loyack CollegeTowne Announcement
#1 Alvernia selects downtown Reading location
Alvernia University expands into downtown Reading after entering into a letter of intent agreement for a location on Penn Street as the genesis for the Reading CollegeTowne strategy. The site is the former CNA building, located at 401 Penn Street.