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Peirce College Restructures Top Leadership Positions for Better Strategic Alignment


Peirce College Restructures Top Leadership Positions for Better Strategic Alignment

PHILADELPHIA, June 23, 2015 -- Peirce College, a 150-year-old Philadelphia college focused on serving the needs of adult learners and providing workforce talent solutions, has realigned and enhanced its leadership structure to support implementation of the College’s new strategic plan.

Within the College’s executive leadership team, current vice presidents Uva C. Coles and Brad K. Hodge have assumed new roles and Elizabeth M. Krapp has been hired as Vice President, Finance and Administration. Malik Brown has been hired as Assistant Vice President of Employer Relations.

“This reorganization brings more leadership focus to areas that will strengthen Peirce’s ties with the Philadelphia business community and drive greater student success,” said President and CEO James J. Mergiotti. “Since 1865, Peirce College has met the needs of area employers by providing relevant, practical education to those who live and work in the region. With new guidance in these key areas, the College is poised to impact student persistence and employment, helping our students streamline their journey to graduation and find successful careers.”

Uva C. Coles
Coles has assumed the newly created position of Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships. In this role, she oversees the College’s focus on building strong relationships with employers in the Philadelphia region as well as the institution’s fundraising initiatives and alumni network. Coles will also direct the development and execution of Peirce’s employer and workforce development partnerships, and the Career Development Services Center, which equips students and alumni with competencies needed to drive a quicker return on their degree. Coles was formerly the Vice President of Student Services at Peirce.

Brad K. Hodge
Hodge has been named Vice President of Student Services and Retention Management. Hodge will manage the College’s academic advising, student financial services and student support services, with specific focus on student success and degree completion. In his new role, Hodge will build and implement a revamped student services model, providing customized tools and resources and a personalized pathway to graduation for every Peirce student. Previously, Hodge was Vice President, Finance.

Elizabeth M. Krapp
Formerly the Assistant Treasurer at Franklin & Marshall College, Krapp joins Peirce College as the Vice President of Finance and Administration. In this executive leadership position, Krapp will have direct oversight for the College's finances as well as information technology and auxiliary services. She adds leadership depth to the organization and will play a key role in directing the financial, technology and facilities components supporting implementation of the new strategic plan.

Malik Brown
Reporting directly to Coles, Brown is the new Assistant Vice President of Employer Relations. In this newly created role, Brown brings his experience in workforce development and talent management to further the College’s partnerships with regional employers. Most recently, Brown was the Dixon House Director for Adult and Family Services Division at Diversified Community Services.

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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