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Local Industry Leaders Join Peirce College Board of Trustees


Local Industry Leaders Join Peirce College Board of Trustees

Executives from Wells Fargo, Bancroft, Scanlan & Associates and Jefferson Hospital will provide valuable insights during exciting growth period at the College

PHILADELPHIA, August 11, 2016 -- In a continued effort to ensure its programs align directly with the skills demanded by local employers, Peirce College, Philadelphia’s leading college for working adults, has added four executives from the region to its Board of Trustees. Thomas McLaughlin ’84, Toni Pergolin, Lawrence Scanlan and Dr. Brian Swift will leverage their collective experience in some of the area’s leading industries to assist Peirce as it continues to provide innovative, life-friendly options for adult learners.

“Our new board members bring tremendous expertise in business, information technology and healthcare, as well as significant corporate leadership experience,” said President and CEO James J. Mergiotti. “Their insights will help us continue our 151 year legacy of providing market-relevant programs to working adults in the region.”

The newest members of the Board of Trustees are:

Thomas M. McLaughlin ’84
Senior Vice President and Director of Technology Management Services
Wells Fargo & Company

At Wells Fargo, McLaughlin is responsible for the strategy, technology support, execution and delivery of multiple technology-based services. Previously, he held leadership positions at Wachovia, CoreStates Financial, Aetna and PNC Bank throughout his 30-year career. He is a Peirce College alumnus, having earned his associate degree in computer science in 1984 and has served as a mentor to Peirce’s IT students. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in management from Eastern University and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. McLaughlin’s insight into the regional IT industry has already been utilized in the development of the College’s new competency-based education program, launching in September.

Toni Pergolin
President, Chief Executive Officer

As the chief executive officer of Bancroft, a regional human services provider, Pergolin’s focus is the continued growth and diversification of the organization, as well as the services and programs provided for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism and acquired brain injuries. Prior to joining Bancroft, she worked at the University of Pennsylvania Health System for 14 years in various positions, including chief financial officer for Pennsylvania Hospital. Pergolin received her undergraduate degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University and her master’s in health administration from Saint Joseph’s University. Pergolin’s decades of experience in healthcare will provide guidance as the College expands its healthcare portfolio to meet the evolving demands of area employers, including its newest program, a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration.

Lawrence (Larry) Scanlan, CPA, FHFMA
Scanlan & Associates, LLC

Scanlan currently serves as president of his own consulting and executive coaching firm and previously held executive and financial leadership positions for more than 40 years. A nationally recognized expert on healthcare, he served as president of one of the country’s premier healthcare consulting firms, The Hunter Group and most recently was a founder and president of Insight Health Partners, LLC. He is a member of both the Pennsylvania and American Institute of CPAs and a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Scanlan has previously served on Peirce’s Board of Trustees, including a term as chairman. He attended Peirce prior to receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Philadelphia University. With his years of healthcare and business acumen, Scanlan will provide key thought leadership in the continued development of new programs that respond directly to regional employer needs.

Dr. Brian G. Swift
Vice President, Chief Pharmacy Officer
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and
Associate Dean for Professional Affairs
Jefferson School of Pharmacy

At Jefferson, Dr. Swift is responsible for acute care pharmacy operations servicing approximately 1,000 patient beds, four outpatient retail pharmacy operations, a health system-based home infusion program and a specialty pharmacy program. He received his bachelor of science in pharmacy and his doctor of pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and an MBA in healthcare administration from Saint Joseph’s University. Dr. Swift has also served as a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy for Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and is a clinical professor at the Jefferson School of Pharmacy. As a longtime industry practitioner and academic, he brings a unique perspective to the College’s continual development of employer-valued healthcare curriculum.

The 26-member Board of Trustees serves as the College’s governing board. It assists with driving growth and providing valuable industry insights in the development of programs, curriculum and connections for alumni.

About Peirce College
Founded in 1865, Peirce College has been providing working adults with affordable education, flexible classes and personalized support for more than 150 years. Peirce offers bachelor and associate degree programs in the areas of Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Legal Studies, and Master of Science degrees in Healthcare Administration and Organizational Leadership & Management. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Peirce is a non-profit institution that specializes in serving the unique needs of working adults through both online and on-campus education. In 2015, Peirce took life-friendly learning and degree attainment to the next level with the creation of Peirce Fit™, a revolutionary learning format that allows students to choose each week whether to attend class in person or online. Through competency based education in Peirce’s IT program, students may also choose a faster, more affordable path to a degree. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284- 5000). Additionally, select programs are accredited by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, the American Bar Association and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

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