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Peirce College Honors Alumni for Success, Community Service

5/19/2016

Peirce College Honors Alumni for Success, Community Service

PHILADELPHIA, June 13, 2016 -- Philadelphia’s leading college for adult learners, honored two alumni on May 16 for their professional achievement and service to their alma mater at the College’s Spring Reception, an annual ceremony that brings together graduates from the past 70 years. The awards are presented by the Peirce College Alumni Association, which works to connect more than 17,000 graduates of Peirce with one another and with the College.

Reginald S. Waller, Jr. of Norristown, Montgomery County, received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, for his exemplary professional achievements, service to Peirce, and involvement in charitable activities.

Waller is a Relationship Manager at Vanguard in Valley Forge, Penn., where he works with the Global Travel Services and Expense Management department, which serves 4,500 employees around the world. He has held several different positions at Vanguard since he joined the company in 1999, and in June, will assume new responsibilities in the company’s Enterprise Risk Management group within the Global Business Contingency Services Division. Previously, he was held positions with Independence Blue Cross and Mellon Bank.

A natural leader with excellent communication and leadership skills, Waller has remained connected to Peirce since his graduation in 2004. He currently serves as President of the Peirce College Alumni Association Board of Directors and has mentored numerous Peirce students and alumni.

Kurt T. Schaefer, Sr. of Springfield, Delaware County, received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award, given to an alumnus/a in recognition of his or her volunteer work on behalf of Peirce as well as service in civic or charitable activities.

Schaefer, a 1960 accounting graduate of Peirce, is the assistant manager of Pierce and Hughes, a law firm in Media, Penn. He is a retired veteran with 33 years of active and reserve service with the U.S. Army. Schaefer has devoted significant resources to Peirce over the years, including his work as Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, which is responsible for awarding scholarships to students.

He is active with many other organizations, including the Norwood United Methodist Church, Little Blessings Christian Preschool and Meals on Wheels. He was added to the Springfield Volunteer Memorial Wall in 2014 in honor of his extensive community service.

“We are proud to honor Reggie and Kurt this year as two shining examples of what is possible with a Peirce College degree,” said Rosemary Connors, Director, Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving. “With the knowledge and leadership skills gained during their time at Peirce, they built successful careers and lives for themselves and their families. We are lucky to have their help in shaping the future of Peirce as we develop innovative programs designed to help our current students follow in their footsteps.”

The Peirce College Spring Reception has been held annually since 2010 to inspire other members of the Peirce community to pursue their own paths of personal and professional success.

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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