Senior Alvernia Executive Joins Community Development Boards


dr. Rodney S. Ridley Sr. Appointed to Boards of GRCA and PADCO

The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) and Pottsville Area Development Corporation (PADCO) appoint Alvernia University Vice President of Research, Economic Development and Innovation, Dr. Rodney S. Ridley Sr., to their boards of directors.

“We are very pleased to have Rodney join our Board of Directors. His exceptional background and experience in higher education and community development enables our Board and staff to engage and benefit from an exceptional leader, so we look forward to his many contributions in the years coming up,” said GRCA President and CEO Jim Gerlach.

The addition of the O’Pake Institute’s Chief Operating Officer to the GRCA Board of Directors is the next step in the ever-growing relationship between the two organizations. Alvernia announced a partnership with the GRCA in January that offers GRCA members a 20% tuition discount for all eligible undergraduate and adult undergraduate programs.

The Pottsville Area Development Corporation exists to promote the economic community and aesthetic development of downtown Pottsville and the Pottsville Designated Enterprise Area.

“We were thrilled to welcome Rodney Ridley to the Pottsville Area Development Corporation Board of Directors and believe he will play a pivotal role as Alvernia University comes to our city through the Pottsville Initiative. CollegeTowne,” said PADCO Executive Director Savas Logothetides. We are thrilled with the countless contributions Alvernia will make to the city and grateful for the extensive leadership and expertise Rodney will bring to our Board of Directors.

Alvernia University received $2 million through the federal $1.5 trillion bipartisan appropriations program to fund Pottsville CollegeTowne, the innovative campus expansion strategy in downtown Pottsville to continue its Franciscan mission of education, service and community involvement.

“The GRCA and PADCO are the natural homes for essential economic development activities and community outreach in Greater Reading and Pottsville,” Ridley said. “By joining the Boards of Chamber and PADCO, I have the chance to see with my own eyes where Alvernia can impact the lives of our students as well as both communities.”


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