A look at local business highlights and updates:

College appoints VP of academic affairs

Eric Zeglen has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs of Central Penn College.

“I look forward to joining Central Penn as VPAA and building on the college’s tradition of career-focused education and academic success,” said Zeglen, who will assume his new position on Oct. 29.

He succeeds Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, who served as VPAA for two years, before becoming the college’s president in June.

Zeglen comes to Central Penn with more than 26 years of higher education experience. His most recent position was the executive director of academic programs and assessment at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

Zeglen also served as assistant to the provost at Bloomsburg University where he was specifically brought in to assist the provost, deans, and faculty with student success and enrollment initiatives. Since 2017, he has been an adjunct faculty member at Central Penn College.

HB McClure merges with companies

HB McClure Company announced this month a pair of mergers with central Pennsylvania companies.

The Harrisburg-based heating, plumbing and electrical service provider announced that BBEC, a Mechanicsburg-based electrical contractor, has joined the company’s team.

BBEC has been serving the electrical construction and service needs of commercial clients for 34 years, with expertise in lighting and power distribution as well as communication/data/alarm systems.

HB McClure also announced Accu-Aire Mechanical Services, a Lancaster-based commercial HVAC contractor, and its engineering division, MMG Engineering, have joined the company’s team.

Accu-Aire was founded in 1994 and has extensive experience in the design, construction, renovation and servicing of commercial HVAC systems throughout Central Pennsylvania.

Husic ranked among powerful women

Patricia A. Husic, president & CEO of Centric Financial Corporation and Centric Bank, has been named to American Banker’s “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” for the fourth consecutive year.

The Most Powerful Women in Banking awards honors world-changers in financial services celebrating their vision, professional achievements, and diverse paths to the C-suite and board tables.

The complete rankings can be viewed at American Banker’s website and are featured in the October 2018 issue of American Banker Magazine.

Messiah to move to university status

The Messiah College Board of Trustees announced last week that it approved Messiah College moving to university status, effective July 1, 2020.

“Messiah College becoming Messiah University is an important next step for our campus community,” said Messiah College President Kim Phipps. “In many ways, university status is a much more accurate reflection of how Messiah has functioned for several years now. With our comprehensive offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in both the liberal arts and applied sciences — including our expansion to master’s and doctoral programs — Messiah’s educational profile is already well-positioned with the academic distinction of a nationally recognized, private Christian university.”

This decision was facilitated through a two-year process initiated by Phipps and a representative campus task force. This task force conducted research and collected input from campus stakeholders, including current and prospective students, alumni, parents, employees and local employers, which helped inform the recommendation to move to university status.

College leadership agreed that several factors affirm Messiah’s advancement to university status, including: its current multi-school structure with interdisciplinary centers and public educational programs; expansion of educational facilities and academic research opportunities for students; participation in international and other off-campus programs; and an increase in Messiah’s visibility.

Phipps will be forming an implementation team, with representation from faculty, staff, students and alumni, to oversee the transition from Messiah College to Messiah University.

Education company opens in Carlisle

Full Circle Education Group, owned by a mother-daughter team, opened its doors recently at 900 Cavalry Road, Suite 1, in Carlisle.

The company’s goal is to to further education in two areas: corporate training for businesses, and social-emotional learning for the K-8 education market (with additional leadership series’ available for high school and college level students).

The company’s Founder, Irene Favreau, is a former C-level executive has worked in finance and human resources for more than two decades.

FCEG offers two methodologies to attain its goals: Accelium and 360 Solutions. Full Circle Education Group is the only distributor in the United States that offers the full catalog of Accelium products, which includes Accelium EDU for the K-8 education market, and Accelium Pro for corporate training.

FCEG is a 360 Solutions strategic partner for the greater Harrisburg/Philadelphia area. 360 Solutions is a holistic and evidence-based anthology that allows a more in-depth training acumen with organizations to help them reach optimal productivity.

FCEG offers free consultations and demonstrations of Accelium products. Visit their website at www.fullcircleeducationgroup.com to learn more.

— The Sentinel

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