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Peirce College Board of Trustees Elects New Chair, Adds Two Members


Peirce College Board of Trustees Elects New Chair, Adds Two Members

PHILADELPHIA, August 27, 2015 -- Peirce College Trustees have elected Barbara A. Prutzman as the new Board Chair of the 150-year-old nonprofit Philadelphia institution. Keith Daviston, CPA, and David A. Silverman were also newly elected to the Board.

Prutzman, a trustee since 2008, is the CEO of BB&E Consulting, an information technology strategy and organizational design consultancy. She is an experienced corporate IT leader, with more than 20 years in leadership positions at major companies including ARAMARK, Scott Paper Company and Univar.

“Peirce will benefit greatly from Barbara’s extensive experience and insightful perspectives as we move forward with our new strategic plan,” said Peirce College President and CEO James J. Mergiotti. “She embraces Peirce’s mission on a personal level and is firmly committed to our students and to the College’s continued success.”

“I am honored to serve as Board Chair of such a high-quality organization and to be involved in higher education at such a critical time,” said Prutzman. “For 150 years, Peirce has evolved in alignment with employers’ demands in the Philadelphia region. Consistent with that legacy, the Board’s focus is to work with the College’s leadership team as it executes an aggressive plan that provides students with customized paths to workplace-relevant skills and credentials.”

A seasoned finance veteran with more than 25 years of both nonprofit and for-profit experience, Daviston is currently Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA). He is also Board President for the Philadelphia Housing Authority Development Corporation, a nonprofit subsidiary of the PHA. Previously, Daviston served as CFO of the Urban Affairs Coalition and has worked for more than a decade in various management roles in the banking industry, including positions with MBNA and Bank of America. Additionally, Daviston attained the rank of Major (retired) in the Delaware National Guard. Silverman is a partner at Curley, Hessinger & Johnsrud LLP in Philadelphia. Previously, he was general counsel and part of the senior management team of several of the region’s top financial services companies, including Sovereign Bank and Meridian Mortgage Corporation.

Silverman also serves on the Board of Directors for the Support Center for Child Advocates, has chaired and served on the Board of Directors of Opportunity House and is a member of the Finance Committee of the Caron Foundation.

“Keith’s financial leadership experience at both for-profit and nonprofit organizations is extremely valuable for Peirce as we make investments to expand our reach and further differentiate the College in the marketplace through innovative course delivery and high-quality student support services,” explained Mergiotti. “David greatly enhances our board with his firsthand knowledge of the legal employment landscape and outstanding business acumen. His network will assist us in building stronger ties to the region’s legal community and serving its human capital needs

“The Peirce community could not be more elated with Barbara’s election as Board Chair and the additions of Keith and David to a highly talented and engaged Board of Trustees,” continued Mergiotti. “We are very grateful for their decisions to join with us in successfully positioning Peirce to serve the Philadelphia region for another 150 years.”

About Peirce College
In 2015, Peirce College celebrates 150 years dedicated to providing higher education to working adults. In celebration of this momentous occasion, Peirce will host a year-long series of events surrounding the theme, "Many Years, One Purpose." Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in the areas of Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Legal Studies and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management. Located in thee hart of Philadelphia, Peirce is a non-profit institution that specializes in serving the unique needs of working adults, many of whom work full time and are raising families. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 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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