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February 4, 2011

Pa. Governor Tom Corbett to Speak at Albright College May Commencement

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Reading, Pa.  – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will give the commencement address at Albright College’s 152nd commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

Corbett was inaugurated as the 46th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on January 18, 2011.

A life-long Pennsylvania resident, Corbett has been a key adviser to U.S. presidents and governors. He has a long and distinguished career serving the citizens of the Commonwealth, making a significant impact on the lives of Pennsylvanians through his work on issues of criminal justice, victims’ rights and drug and alcohol prevention and rehabilitation.

In the early 1980s, Corbett served President Ronald Reagan as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, specializing in prosecuting organized crime and drug cases. He was also named as one of the first members of President Reagan’s National Drug Task Force.

Following several years of private law practice, Corbett was called back to public service in 1989, when President George H. W. Bush appointed him to serve as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

In the 1990s, Corbett provided criminal law and policy expertise to then-Congressman Tom Ridge, later filling several key roles in Governor Ridge’s administration.  Corbett planned the Governor’s successful special session on crime and was appointed to chair the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, shaping criminal justice policy and working to improve drug and alcohol prevention and rehabilitation programs across the state.

In 1995, Corbett was appointed by Governor Ridge as attorney general to fill the remainder of the current term.  Upon receiving approval and confirmation from the Pennsylvania Senate, Corbett pledged that he would not run for re-election in 1996.  He served as attorney general in this capacity from 1995-1997. 

In 1997, Corbett again returned to private practice, forming his own law firm, Thomas Corbett and Associates, which specialized in consultation and government relations. He continued that private practice until his election as Pennsylvania attorney general in November 2004.

In 2008, Corbett was re-elected as Pennsylvania’s attorney general with more than three million votes, which is more votes than any Republican candidate in the history of Pennsylvania.

Corbett’s accomplishments as attorney general have brought him national recognition. Most notable are his efforts to protect children from Internet predators, seniors from fraud and abuse, communities from gangs and the violence associated with illegal drugs, and the citizens of Pennsylvania from abuse of power and government corruption.

As attorney general, Corbett has worked hard to protect taxpayers’ hard-earned money by going after predatory lenders, pharmaceutical companies and big oil companies that took advantage of consumers. In less than six years, the Office of Attorney General returned and saved Pennsylvania taxpayers over half a billion dollars.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Corbett served his country as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard 28th Infantry Division from 1971 until 1984, rising from private to captain.

Corbett received his undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., and taught civics and history in Pine Grove Area High School in Schuylkill County, Pa. In 1975, he received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.

Corbett and his wife Susan have two children: Tom, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, and Katherine, a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office.

Founded in 1856, Albright College is a nationally ranked, private college with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. The College’s hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. Albright College enrolls more than 1,660 undergraduates in traditional programs, another 500 adult students in accelerated degree programs, and 100 students in the master’s program in education. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 60 miles west of Philadelphia.