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September 22, 2017 Continued leadership for Central Penn College

Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, vice president of academic affairs, and Richard Varmecky, chief financial officer, will serve as interim co-presidents and Carol W. Spigner, D.S.W. will serve as executive director of the college on behalf of the board. This team will provide continuity and stability during this period of transition. The Central Penn College board of directors will begin the process of selecting the next leader immediately.

Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams has more than 12 years of experience serving as a leader and professor in higher education. As the college's vice president for Academic Affairs/ provost, she currently serves on the president's cabinet and the senior academic leadership team and provides leadership for all operations related to instruction and student support, including program development, personnel decisions, budget and resource allocation, strategic planning, and assessment for Academic Affairs and Student Services.

Since joining the Central Penn family in July, 2016, Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams’ focus has been on improving the student learning experience both inside and outside of the classroom; supporting students both academically and personally is a top priority for her. Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams has a Doctorate of Education from Benedictine University, an MA in Organizational Communication from Marist College, a BA in Communication (TV/Radio/Film) from Marist College, and an AA from SUNY Orange.

Prior to her position at Central Penn, Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams served as associate vice president for Liberal Arts at SUNY Orange in Middletown NY, as well as an associate professor of Communication during her time at the school. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams was the executive producer and morning show co-host on a popular radio station in the Hudson Valley region of NY.

Richard Varmecky, chief financial officer for the college since 2007, has more than 30 years of diverse professional experience in corporate accounting, financial managements, treasury operations and administration. He has excellent analytical, negotiation, project management and administration skills. 

Previous to coming to Central Penn College, Varmecky was a senior vice president of finance/treasurer/corporate controller at Rite Aid Corporation. Prior to that, he was controller at American Red Cross (Pennsylvania/Delaware Affiliate) in Camp Hill and a senior financial analyst at Harsco Corporation in Wormleysburg.

Varmecky is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Pennsylvania. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.

Carol Wilson Spigner, D.S.W., emerita associate professor and clinician educator at University of Pennsylvania, former associate commissioner for the United States Children’s Bureau and child welfare consultant, was appointed chair of the Central Penn College board of directors on Jan. 8, 2015.

Dr. Spigner, who was elected to the board in 2012, brings experience in higher education, policy and administration to the board as it assures that the college meets its mission, and responds to the interests of alumni, students, faculty and staff. In addition, she brings an interest in facilitating the education of first generation college students and those who have had limited access to career education.

The governing body of Central Penn College is the board of directors. Ultimately, the board is accountable for the college’s academic quality and planning, fiscal and academic integrity, assets and financial health.