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Alvernia University Elects New Board Chair and Vice Chair

Mar 27, 2018 • by Alvernia University
Photo courtesy of Theo Anderson

(Reading, PA) —Michael Fromm, CEO of Fromm Electric Supply Corp., has been elected to Chair of the Board of Trustees at Alvernia University. In addition, Gregory J. Shemanski, president and CEO of Custom Processing Services, Inc., has been named Vice Chair of the Board.

A prominent civic leader for more than 25 years, Michael Fromm is a third-generation owner of Fromm Electric — a leading distributor of electrical products for regional, national and international customers. He has served on the boards of Our City Reading, the Wyomissing Foundation, the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Fulton Bank, and was also a former board chair of the Greater Reading Economic Partnership, Olivet Boys and Girls Club and the Jewish Federation of Reading. With his wife, Susan, Fromm established the Fromm Interfaith Award at Alvernia and is co-chair of the 2018 Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence Dinner.

Fromm holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from New York University and has been an Alvernia Trustee for more than 10 years. His father, Bernie Fromm, also served on Alvernia’s board, and chaired the board in the early 1990s.

Vice Chair Gregory J. Shemanski has been a member of Alvernia’s Board of Trustees of since June 2014. As President and CEO of Custom Processing Services, he was involved in the award-winning company’s formation and growth that now includes two locations and 130 employees. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Lehigh University.

Shemanski serves as board chairman for Berks Catholic High School and Immaculate Conception Academy. He and his wife, Becky are part of the Diocesan Council of Stewards and prominent supporters of Catholic Charities of the Diocese, as well as the John Paul II Center for Special Education. The pair sponsored the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Berks Deanery and Shemanski was tapped as a lay leader by the Diocese of Allentown Bishop’s Commission for Catholic Schools, which was instrumental in reversing a decline in school enrollment.

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