Campbell Leads Allegheny College Board of Trustees

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Mark Campbell, a native of Warren, officially began his role in October as chair of the board of trustees of Allegheny College in Meadville.

Rob Smith of Meadville completed his three-year term as chair.

Campbell, a 1982 graduate of Allegheny and previously the board’s vice chair, has served as a trustee since 2007. A partner with the Ridge Policy Group, a federal and state bipartisan government affairs practice with offices in Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg, Campbell is the former chief of staff to two Pennsylvania governors, Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. He also serves on the board of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle. Campbell resides in Carlisle.

“Rob Smith led the board of trustees with distinction and dedication during a momentous time in Allegheny history, as we celebrated the College’s bicentennial and continued to grow in national prominence,” said Allegheny President James H. Mullen, Jr. “We are grateful for Rob and his service, and Mark Campbell will carry on that legacy of insight and guidance that will sustain Allegheny in our third century. Mark brings to the chairmanship not only abiding loyalty to Allegheny, but also a unique appreciation for public service and the importance of the liberal arts, and the students we educate, to the public good.”

The Allegheny College board of trustees is the governing body elected to oversee the college. The board’s primary responsibilities relate to policymaking and sound management of the college’s resources.

$10M investment aims to transform Erie County

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As Erie County, wracked by persistent poverty, economic decline and low educational attainment, continues to take a renewed look at itself and its future, a $10 million joint investment announced Wednesday plans to transform the region by targeting critical areas of need.

The money will fund four projects across Erie County, specifically addressing education, youth, neighborhoods and innovation.

Officials with the Erie Community Foundation, the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority and the Susan Hirt Hagen Fund for Transformational Philanthropy made the announcement Wednesday at an event attended by more than 125 cross-sector community leaders on the front steps of the foundation, 459 W. Sixth St.

Grants include $4 million to Mercyhurst University for the Downtown Erie Innovation District; $4 million to Empower Erie for an Erie County Community College; $1.5 million to the Erie School District for the “community schools” project; and $500,000 to Gannon University to revitalize sections of the city’s east and west bayfront neighborhoods.

The $10 million will be distributed over a three-year period as benchmarks are met, officials said.

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