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New Slate of Officers Named to the Board of Trustees

John T. Baily, CPA ’65 is chair of the board. Baily is the retired president of Swiss Re Capital Partners (SRCP), the merchant banking arm of Swiss Re. Baily has been a member of the Albright Board of Trustees since 2002.

W.C. Jack Miller ’82 has been named vice chair and chair of the Executive Committee. Miller leads marketing and business development and human resources for JRS Architect, P.C., with offices in Mineola, N.Y., New York City and Princeton, N.J. Miller has been a member of the Albright Board since 1998.

Kathleen J. Grant, M.D. ’72 has been named secretary of the board. Grant is a retired thoracic and cardiac surgeon. She was a member of the medical staff of Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh North Hills Passavant Hospital, Butler Hospital, St. Clair Hospital and Washington Hospital, Washington, Pa.

The new officers hold two-year terms.


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 specials.

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 and warehouses.

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 Technology Corporation.

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 materials engineering.

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