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Peirce College Continues to Expand Board of Trustees


Peirce College Continues to Expand Board of Trustees

The Appointment of Dr. Sharmain Matlock-Turner and Ken Sickles to Peirce’s Board Brings Experience that Bridges Long-Standing Commitment with Goals for the Future

PHILADELPHIA, November 11, 2014
-- Peirce College, a recognized leader in career-focused education for working adults, announced today the appointment of Dr. Sharmain Matlock-Turner and Ken Sickles to its Board of Trustees. Seasoned professionals in the community development and technology fields, Matlock-Turner and Sickles provide valuable professional backgrounds to Peirce’s Board. These appointments come immediately following the appointments of Gerardo Monroy and Robert Grasso, signifying the continued growth and expansion of the institution.

Leaders of thriving local organizations, Matlock-Turner and Sickles bring the community-based values and the business insight necessary to develop and expand upon the College’s career-focused degree programs. With their years of experience, Matlock-Turner and Sickles offer Peirce students an expanded portfolio of professional contacts and new relationships within the workforce.

“We welcome the addition of Sharmain and Ken to our Board,” said James J. Mergiotti, President & CEO of Peirce College. “Sharmain is an accomplished female executive who will inspire our students as they work to further their careers; and Ken’s extensive marketing skills and technological expertise will play an invaluable role in shaping our future.”

A pioneering female leader, Matlock-Turner has over 15 years of experience serving the families and communities of Philadelphia. She currently serves as the first female President and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition, where she is dedicated to improving and changing the lives of youth and young adults, building wealth in low income communities, strengthening the grassroots nonprofit sector, and forging strategic partnerships across communities. As the commencement speaker for Peirce College in 2014 and the recipient of an honorary doctorate, Matlock-Turner has already begun to impart her professional insight onto the students of Peirce College.

Sickles brings 20 years of product management and marketing experience to Peirce College as the current Vice President of Product and Strategy for 1WorldSync. A forward thinking leader with an in-depth understanding of market demands and customer needs, Sickles is successful at developing business strategy and managing the launch of new software-as-a-service products. Sickles is focused on the impact that big data and social, mobile and location-based technology have on business intelligence and commerce.”

About Peirce College
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 the heart 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). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs accredits the College's Business Administration and Accounting programs; the Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association; and the Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

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