Reading, PA – On September 27, 2019, Reading Area Community College President Dr. Susan D. Looney delivered RACC’s state-of-the-college address to a large crowd in the Miller Center for the Arts on the RACC campus.
The event offered an opportunity for the Berks community and members of the RACC faculty and staff to reflect on the accomplishments of the college during the past year and look ahead with confidence to the new academic year.
”The state-of-the-college address offers a moment for our college, and our community to take note of key initiatives and accomplishments achieved by the hardworking and dedicated people who are continually advocating for students, partnering with us and striving to advance our college, and our community,” says Looney.
Dr. Looney spoke to the four hallmarks that drive her leadership: access, opportunity, excellence, and hope. Among the college’s successful initiatives during the past year, she highlighted renewed and expanded partnerships with Alvernia University, Bucknell University, Kutztown University and Shippensburg University; introduction of new career pathways, and introduction of “Industry 4.0” education and training to the community and industry partners.
The president also highlighted four key goals outlined in the newly-adopted RACC five-year strategic plan: student learning and success, proactive community partnerships, maintaining a viable and effective workplace, and being known for excellence.
Also participating in the ceremony was Cindy Seaman, RACC senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, Alex Espinal, RACC student government president, Emma Wright, a RACC Honors student and Presidential Scholarship recipient, and the national anthem was performed by Barry Wilson, RACC director of advising and academic services.