Four Trustees Appointed to Board
Lauren Ashburn ’89, Kathleen C. Hittner, M.D. ’69,
Darryl F. Shoff and Anne L. Stevens were recently
appointed to the Albright College Board of Trustees.
They will all serve three-year terms.
Lauren Ashburn ’89 was named
managing editor of USA Today
Live in 2003 and serves as executive
producer of all Live series and
Beginning her career at USA Today in 2000,
Ashburn served as USA Today anchor and correspondent.
She appeared on 22 Gannett Broadcasting
stations every morning with a summary of
content from the pages of the paper.
She was honored by the Associated Press with
an award for her live reporting and was nominated
for an Emmy for her reporting on the Hewko brothers
(five brothers who survived World War II) from
Northhampton, Pa. She received an Albright Young
Alumna Achievement Award in 2000.
Ashburn holds a bachelor of arts in English-Communications/Spanish from Albright and a
master’s in journalism from Columbia University.
Kathleen Hittner, M.D. ’69 has
been the president and chief executive
officer of the Miriam Hospital
in Providence, R.I., since 2000.
She also serves as president of
the Miriam Hospital Foundation,
a clinical professor of surgery in anesthesiology at Brown University and continues to practice her
chosen field of medicine, anesthesiology, at least
once per week.
In 2006, Hittner was the recipient of Bryant
University’s New England Businesswoman of
the Year Award. In 2005, she received Albright
College’s Distinguished Alumna Award, and in
2007, she received the Rhode Island Medical Society’s
Dr. Charles Hill award for her contributions to
advancing medicine in Rhode Island.
She earned a bachelor of science in biology and
pre-medicine at Albright, and her medical degree
from Tufts University in Boston.
After 20 years as the leader of
Advanced Building Systems, Inc.
(ABS), Darryl Shoff sold the company,
although he remains a driving
force in the company’s growth.
Under Shoff’s leadership, ABS made a vast
difference in the landscape of Berks County and
the surrounding communities, including the reconstruction
of Albright’s Gene Shirk Stadium, Redner’s
Warehouse Markets, Redner’s Quick Shoppes,
pharmacies, offices, manufacturing plants, schools
A 1970 graduate of Tri-State University in
Angola, Iowa, Shoff began his career as a divisional
project manager at Corbits Inc., in Reading.
After 11 years he founded another Reading company,
Diversified Mechanical Corporation, which he sold in 1985 to launch ABS. He also founded
Aerodynamics of Reading, a fixed-base operator
at the Reading Regional Airport providing aviation
maintenance, avionics, fueling, charter and hangar
services for private and corporate aircraft.
Born and raised in Reading, Pa., Anne L. Stevens returned to the
Berks County area last fall as the
new chairman, president and
chief executive officer of Carpenter
In 1990, she began work with Ford Motor
Company, starting as a marketing specialist in the
Plastics Products Division, and making her way up
through the ranks to become the first female executive
vice president in the history of Ford. She held
several positions including senior leader in manufacturing,
vice president of North American Vehicle
Operations, group vice president of Canada, Mexico
and North America, and executive vice president
and chief operating officer for the Americas.
Stevens is a nationally recognized expert in
operational excellence and lean manufacturing. She has been named four times to Fortune magazine’s
list of the most powerful women.
She graduated from Drexel University with
a bachelor of science degree in mechanical and