Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) announces the appointment of W. Richard Howe to the CCBC Foundation Board of Directors. Comprising volunteer business and community leaders who support the strategic plan and advancement of the college, the CCBC Foundation Board is charged with enhancing the educational environment and creating new opportunities for CCBC students, faculty and staff through philanthropy.

Howe is a retired higher education executive with 46 years of experience in the industry, with a particular focus on chemistry. Before retiring in 2016, most recently he was the Associate Dean for Administration and Planning at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Arts and Sciences. He held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility at the University since he began his employment in 1970. He also spent more than 30 years engaged in Pittsburgh-area community efforts, serving on school advisory boards, arts coalitions and regional economic development initiatives. 

“Dick’s extensive knowledge and appreciation of the future of STEM careers in our region and the importance of addressing these needs now will be a great addition to our board,” said Kolton Codner, Executive Director of the Foundation and CCBC’s Executive Director of Advancement and Sponsored Programs. “His passion for workforce development and the continued investment in academic programs will certainly serve our students, graudates and region well.”

This past academic year witnessed historic fund acquisition for CCBC and the CCBC Foundation achieving record levels of extramural support and helping advance critical initiatives with regional impact. CCBC raised nearly $3 million of philanthropic funding during 2017-18, and is poised for continued success into the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Howe earned his B.A. in Chemistry from St. Vincent College and his M.Ed. in Chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.