Gannon to Welcome Senator Toomey, Higher Ed Leaders for Roundtable Event

Posted: January 15, 2013

Gannon University on Thursday, Jan. 17 will host a roundtable discussion with U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and presidents and other top officials from the region’s colleges and universities and from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).

In addition to Toomey, the event will include:

  • Dr. Keith Taylor, president of Gannon University
  • Dr. Andrew Novobilski, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Gannon University
  • Erika Ramalho, director of community and government relations at Gannon University
  • Dr. Thomas Gamble, president of Mercyhurst University
  • Monsignor David Rubino, Ph.D., vice president of external affairs at Mercyhurst University
  • Dr. Donald Birx, chancellor of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
  • Dr. Terry Smith, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Edinboro University
  • Dr. Silvia Ferretti, D.O., provost at LECOM
  • Dr. Brian Dalton, vice president of enrollment & communication at Allegheny College
  • Sheila Sterrett, NW Regional Director for Senator Toomey’s office
  • Matt Blackburn, Western Pennsylvania Director, Senator Toomey’s office

Senator Toomey will begin the event with welcoming remarks, and Dr. Taylor then will open the discussion. In addition, the representatives from each institution will discuss a topic of their choosing, such as future plans for academic programs, forthcoming initiatives, and legislation potentially impacting their institution.

The event also will include an open discussion.