READING, PA—Reading Area Community College announced today the retirement of long-serving Board of Trustees member Connie Archey, effective July 1, 2017. A strong proponent of the College since its inception in 1971, Ms. Archey joined the RACC Board of Trustees in 1981. In those 36 years, she has attended every RACC commencement, and worked tirelessly to support the school’s growth as an institution and as a strong educational partner to the communities of Berks County.
Recently honored by the RACC trustees as a James H. Yocum Trustee Emerita for her outstanding service to the college, Connie served terms as the board’s chair, vice chair and secretary during her service. She was also the long-time finance committee chair, served on numerous committees, and is a longtime contributor and supporter of the Foundation for RACC.
Current RACC Board of Trustees Chairman Guido M. Pichini honored Connie for her contributions, “After 36 years, Connie’s tenure on the Board of Trustees is nothing short of remarkable. She was the consummate Trustee – engaged, well informed and with an uncanny ability to quickly arrive at the heart of the matter, regardless of the topic. Her fellow Trustees came to value her expertise concerning the financial implications of operating the college, so much so that she chaired the Finance Committee for much of her tenure on the Board. Knowing, as she did, so much about where RACC came from, it gave her confidence to imagine what RACC would need to do, or, not do, to thrive in the future. Connie was also a fixture at commencements, countless program graduations, our Pinning Ceremonies for health professionals and a host of other campus events. We will miss not her only her sharp mind but her complete dedication to RACC and to our students.”
One particular committee Archey served on was the search committee which selected current RACC President Dr. Anna Weitz. “Connie Archey’s 36 year commitment to service at RACC serves as a shining example of the best a community college Trustee can be. Her frequent and consistent interaction with students, faculty and staff in multiple settings on campus that demonstrated her willingness to learn firsthand about our College and how she as a Trustee could ensure that student success was RACC’s first priority. Our College thanks her for her outstanding service knowing she will continue to be an advocate and supporter,” says Weitz.
The Berks County Commissioners are currently seeking a replacement for Ms. Archey’s seat on the Board.