Three Trustees Appointed to Albright College Board
April 17, 2017
Reading, Pa. – Tiffenia “Tiff” D. Archie, Ph.D., of Philadelphia; the Rev. Robin M. Hynicka, of Philadelphia; and Sharon P. Minnich, of Lewisberry, Pa., were recently appointed to the Albright College Board of Trustees. They will serve three-year terms.
Archie, a 1992 Albright graduate and Reading native, is assistant vice president of Temple University’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL), where she overseas diversity and inclusion initiatives for the campus community. Archie also teaches courses in sociology and education on the topics of race, ethnicity, class and gender, as well as diversity issues in higher education.
Prior to joining Temple, Archie served as Albright’s director of academic support, disability support and minority retention, and later as assistant academic dean, implementing the still-utilized early warning system to aid in the identification and retention of at-risk students.
Archie earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Albright, and a doctorate in sociology from Temple, where she was awarded a Future Faculty Fellowship. Archie is the 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Leader in Education Award presented by the Association of Black Women in Higher Education.
Hynicka, a 1975 Albright graduate, previously served as a College trustee from 2009 to 2015. He is senior pastor at the Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, where he led the church in establishing itself as a Reconciling Congregation and in instituting the Grace Café, a peaceful and resourceful safe haven for the congregation’s neighbors who are currently homeless.
Hynicka’s service in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church has included the Cookman United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia, the Frankford Group Ministry, and the Central and Rehoboth United Methodist Church in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.
Hynicka earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Albright, and a master’s in divinity from Duke University Divinity School. He is a founding member of Philadelphia Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild.
Minnich, a 1992 Albright graduate, previously served as a College trustee from 2001 to 2010. Minnich serves as Secretary of the Office of Administration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As a member of Gov. Tom Wolf’s senior staff and cabinet, she leads the agency responsible for oversight and administration of the enterprise functions of human resources, information technology, continuity of government and records management for nearly 80,000 employees under the governor’s jurisdiction. Minnich also co-chairs the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund, which provides health benefits to 300,000 active and retired employees and their dependents.
Minnich previously served as the assistant chief information officer for the Commonwealth; chief information officer for the Department of Revenue; deputy secretary for financial administration in the Office of the Budget; and deputy secretary for procurement at the Department of General Services. In addition to her roles in state government, Minnich has worked as a consultant in the private sector, specializing in procurement and technology. Her experience includes positions at Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Meridian Bank and Deloitte Consulting.
Minnich earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Albright, and a master’s in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1856, Albright College educates creative, curious students to become adaptable, global citizens who discover and reach their full potential. The College’s flexible interdisciplinary curriculum encourages students to combine majors and disciplines to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive and nurturing community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning. Located in Reading, Pennsylvania, Albright enrolls more than 1,800 full-time undergraduates and 700 adult learners and graduate students.