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April 12, 2013 2013 Commencement ceremony announcements

John Dame to deliver Central Penn College 2013 commencement address

Honorary doctorate degree to be conferred to community leader Robert Hall

Business executive John Dame (pictured at left) will deliver the May 3 commencement address at Central Penn College’s 131st commencement ceremony, and business and community leader Robert Hall (pictured at right) will receive an honorary doctorate degree from the college.

Robert Hall, of Lemoyne, Pa., is chairman of the Hall Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to encouraging and helping people improve their lives—primarily through educational assistance to high school students so they can continue their education. Dame, of Harrisburg, Pa., is founder and managing partner of Dame Management Strategies, a management consulting company that works with CEOs and senior management teams to help them become better leaders, make better decisions and produce better results for their organizations.

“Central Penn College has a very diverse and motivated population of students,” says Dame. “Every time I meet and talk with a student I have been impressed.  It is no surprise to me that Central Penn has the success it does helping students find employment in their chosen fields. The first time I walked through the door at Central Penn, the difference in the culture was immediately evident. It is not just how everyone dresses, but how they treat one another, as well as the overall level of excellence from faculty and staff.”  

According to Central Penn’s most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 82.9 percent of the college’s graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Dame’s message to the 2013 class of more than 400 eligible bachelor’s and associate degree students will challenge them to answer the question: “How will you show up to the world?” He will discuss the core values and key ingredients necessary for influence in society and at work.

“John Dame has had a very successful career as a business leader, and now he spends his time offering expertise and guidance to others,” says Interim President & CAO Melissa Vayda. “He is a leader of Vistage, a local chief executive organization, and also travels around the world helping companies solve problems and grow and thrive. He is an excellent role model of professionalism, trial and error, success and leadership. John Dame is truly a leader of our times, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from him.”

The honorary doctorate being awarded to Robert Hall is conferred upon individuals whose intellectual, spiritual and cultural values have contributed significantly to society and the community at large. Specifically, the honoree exemplifies charitable/civic service, a commitment to the betterment of humanity, contributions that reflect the mission of the college, unselfish leadership, personal contributions to civic, cultural or community causes, and who serves as an exemplary role model for graduates of Central Penn College.

“It is an honor to follow in my father’s footsteps in serving the community by continuing to help educate our youth for the future,” says Hall. “The Hall Foundation supports several area colleges and universities, and is proud to partner with Central Penn College in providing deserving students with much needed scholarships.”

The Central Penn College commencement ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Forum, located at 5th and Walnut Streets, Harrisburg, PA. Tickets are required for admission. For the first time in Central Penn’s commencement history, the ceremony will be streamed live online through Central Penn Presents at www.centralpenn.edu/presents. The live stream gives family, friends and community members who cannot attend an option to watch commencement from their computers, smartphones or tablets.

The class of 2013 includes students from Central Penn’s Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley locations, as well as its bachelor’s degree completion programs with McCann School of Business & Technology campuses.

John Dame – Commencement speaker

John Dame is founder and managing partner of Dame Management Strategies, a management consulting company that works primarily with CEOs and senior management teams to help them become better leaders, make better decisions and produce better results for their organizations. Developing a culture of leadership, strategic planning, executive coaching and higher-level execution are areas of expertise offered by Dame and his company.

In addition to his consulting practice, Dame is a chair in central Pennsylvania for Vistage International. Vistage is the world’s leading chief executive organization. Dame currently works with more than 60 organizations worldwide through Vistage.

Throughout the 27-year period leading to the present, Dame pursued a career in radio broadcasting. His career has included the full spectrum of broadcast experiences, such as operations, sales and management, as well as corporate officer and equity partner in a 21-market station chain. Several of these work experiences have occurred with stations operating in large urban markets, including: Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Houston. From 1988 to 1998, Dame was a partner and chief operating officer with Dame Media, a family-operated group which grew to 21 radio stations in Pennsylvania and New York. Dame Media was sold to Clear Channel Communications in June of 1998 for $65 million.

Dame then founded Dame-Gallagher Networks (DGN), a national radio syndication company operating out of New York City. In May 2001, Dame-Gallagher Networks was sold to Salem Communications Corporation. After the sale of DGN to Salem Communications, Dame worked as VP of Affiliate Services for The Salem Radio Network until the formation of Dame Management Strategies in 2002.

Dame graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1974. He resides in Harrisburg, Pa., and is involved as an elder in his church and on the board at Volunteers of America of PA, as well as past board chair at Christian Churches United.

Robert Hall – Honorary doctorate degree recipient

Local business and community leader Robert E. Hall has dedicated the majority of his professional career to charitable and civic service, in addition to owning and operating several small businesses. He currently serves as chairman of the Hall Foundation, a private foundation which was founded in 1952 by his father, the late John N. Hall.

The Hall Foundation is dedicated to encouraging and helping people improve their lives—primarily through educational assistance to high school students so they can continue their education. The foundation also contributes to many cultural, religious and civic organizations in the central Pennsylvania area. Hall has served the foundation for more than 35 years, being named chairman in 2007. The foundation’s original motto was, and still is: Helping to educate our youth for the future.

While working on behalf of youth for the Hall Foundation, Hall also contributed his time, talent and resources to more than a dozen other charitable boards, including the Boys and Girls Club and Masterpiece Film Series. He served on various Keystone Human Services boards, now for more than 22 years, is a two-year past president of the foundation board and was part of the committee that helped develop the Chocolatefest benefit event. A Susquehanna Art Museum board member for 11 years and a Harrisburg Area YMCA board member for six years, Hall currently serves as: board member, past president and past secretary of the Harrisburg Exchange Club; board member of the Ned Smith Art & Nature Center; and board member of the Allenberry Playhouse Auxiliary Board.

Hall is a recipient of the 2001 Exchangite of the Year award from the Harrisburg Exchange Club and a recipient of the James F. West Fellow award from Keystone Area Council Boy Scouts of America. For 11 years, Hall served on the Youth of the Year awards committee for the Exchange Club. In recognition of his achievements, inspiration and insight into the issues and events that shaped the city of Harrisburg, Hall was designated last year as a Living Legacy by the Harrisburg SusqueCentennial Commission as part of Harrisburg’s 150th Anniversary.

Starting his business career in travel and real estate in 1971, Hall became board chairman and CEO of the real estate holding company North Towers, Inc. in 1973. He next became president of Tulli-Hall Builders and Developers in 1980 and shortly afterwards served concurrently as vice president of Westford Water Company. Building on his experience, Hall founded Hall Development Corporation in 1996, where he served as president until 2007. Throughout his career, Hall also managed Robert Hall apartments.

He belongs to a number of clubs, including, but not limited to: American Legion; Moose International; Masons; Zembo Shrine; Dauphin County Historical Society; Camp Curtain Civil War Roundtable and Susquehanna Ski Club (vice president). A bachelor’s degree in business administration from Elizabethtown College, membership in the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and service in the U.S. Army built his strong foundation for future career success.

A lifelong car collector and traveler, Hall resides in Lemoyne, Pa., with his wife Amy. They enjoy local theatre, symphony, movies, skiing, travelling and spending time at the seashore. The couple has six children, ranging in age from 13 to 27.

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Central Penn College has been helping students turn potential into career success since 1881, now offering bachelor's and associate degrees in the fields of accounting, business administration, criminal justice, information technology, communications, healthcare, homeland security, legal studies and organizational leadership. The college, currently serving students at its Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley locations, attributes its high rate of student success to a caring faculty and its hands-on learning approach. Based on Central Penn’s most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 82.9 percent of graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. www.centralpenn.edu