Monaca, PA – Following an academic year marked by unprecedented growth in partnerships and philanthropy, Dr. James Denova, Vice President of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, was announced as Community College of Beaver County’s (CCBC) 2018 Commencement speaker.

Dr. Denova has primary responsibility for the Foundation’s education agenda in West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania. Also, he directs several economic development projects in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

“Jim is an authority on career and technical education and economic development at the community, regional, statewide, and national levels,” said CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber. “Regionally, he has advocated and leveraged resources for advanced manufacturing, health care, education, and other sectors. His support has enabled CCBC to become a leader in program development that supports the tristate region’s advanced manufacturing industries.”

Dr. Denova holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in social research. He has over 35 years of experience in nonprofit administration and philanthropy. Prior positions include Program Director for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Research Director for the Community College of Beaver County, Vice President of Research and Planning for the United Way of Allegheny County, Senior Program Officer for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, and Executive Director of The Forbes Fund. 

Over the years, Dr. Denova has served on the boards of Philanthropy West Virginia, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, the Women’s Center and Shelter, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, the Andrew Carnegie Free Library, the Remake Learning Council, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics.  He also lectures in the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

His published works include papers and journal articles on school-based health services, adult and STEM education, workforce development, and nonprofit management. He is frequently asked to speak before Pennsylvania public officials and the West Virginia Board of Education on career education, teacher quality, and school leadership.

Dr. Denova has received awards from the Children’s Defense Fund, the Harless Center for Rural Education Research and Development, the Mon Valley Initiative, Philanthropy West Virginia, Southwest Pennsylvania Partnership on Aging, and the National Association of Educational Service Agencies.

Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. at the CCBC Dome.

During the ceremony, the College’s Schools of Aviation Sciences, Nursing and Allied Health, and Business, Arts, Sciences, and Technology will award degrees, certificates, and diplomas to nearly 400 eligible students who completed program requirements in August 2017, December 2017 or May 2018.

Family members and friends of the graduates, as well as alumni and community members, are invited to attend graduation or watch it live in high definition (HD) on the College’s website at www.ccbc.edu.

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About Community College of Beaver County

CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. The Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges in 2017.


Vice President of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Dr. James Denova will provide the keynote address at CCBC’s 2018 Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 3.