Peirce College Positioned for Greater Success Says New President James Mergiotti

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Peirce College Positioned for Greater Success Says New President James Mergiotti

For Immediate Release

Philadelphia, July 1, 2009 - When Jacqueline Ajose, the student speaker at Peirce College's 144th commencement, concluded her remarks at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia on June 15th, it wasn't polite applause that greeted her. It was an outpouring of positive emotion from the nearly 500 graduates and their families, friends and well wishers.

While that may come as no surprise to those who know Peirce College, such raw, heartfelt support for academic excellence by students is not exactly commonplace throughout higher education. "Peirce is one of the Philadelphia region's hidden treasures," said James J. Mergiotti, President and CEO of Peirce College. "We want to make sure everyone who should know us, does know us. Each year we have exceptional success stories such as Jacqueline's. She is representative of what Peirce is today and what we want Peirce to be in the future."

On July 1, 2009, Mr. Mergiotti officially took over the presidency of Peirce College, a private, four-year institution, whose programs are geared primarily for working adult learners. "In my twenty plus years of affiliation with Peirce, the College has never been better positioned for greater future achievements," he said. "The College is educationally and financially very sound."

The new president of Peirce wants his personality to help define the College's personality. "I am honored for the opportunity to serve this institution as its president," Mr. Mergiotti said. "To me, service is about establishing and fostering relationships."

To map out the new president's vision for the College, Peirce is embarking on an aggressive strategic planning process. Until that direction has been clearly outlined, Mr. Mergiotti pointed to two new initiatives that Peirce is pursuing. The first is reengagement with the City of Philadelphia and the greater Philadelphia area. "A highly participative community of stakeholders is the foundation of my vision for Peirce," Mr. Mergiotti said. "One person or one group or one constituency will not make the difference. It requires one community - students, alumni, board members, employees and friends of Peirce, all working in concert."

The second initiative Mr. Mergiotti pointed to is the development of a new career management services function at the College. "I visualize it will be like no other found in any U.S. college or university," he said. "It will be customer facing - just as you would find in a career service business. At Peirce, our students and alumni are our customers. We never forget that."

"The ultimate goal for all of us at Peirce is continued and consistent success for our graduates," said Gregory West, Peirce Board of Trustees Chair. "We want Peirce to be a place our graduates come back to for lifelong learning and career support, where they can stay connected. With President Mergiotti guiding the College, we have no doubt that will be the case."

Mr. Mergiotti is the College's seventh President and CEO. He succeeds Dr. Arthur J. Lendo, Ph.D., who led Peirce for 18 years. Peirce College was founded in 1865 as Union College and is one of the oldest business colleges in the United States. It was established to provide returning Civil War veterans with the business skills necessary to meet the needs of the industrial revolution. Today, Peirce offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Paralegal Studies.

Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa., 19104; 267-284-5000). For more information about Peirce College, call 1.888.467.3472, or visit

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