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BC3 to vote on board nominees

Discussion around Lawrence Crossing campus continues

BUTLER TWP — Butler County Community College trustees approved nominations for chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer at a meeting Wednesday afternoon, May 15, just a few hours before commencement.

Joseph Kubit, chairman, William DiCuccio, vice chairman, Scott McDowell, treasurer, and Glenn Miller, secretary, will be reconsidered for their respective positions for the 2024-25 year.

Nominations for board positions for 2024-25 are now closed. Trustees will vote on the nominations at their June meeting.

Kubit has served as chairman since June 2019. DiCuccio served from June 2007 through June 2016 and returned to the role in 2019. McDowell has worked as treasurer since June 2014, and Miller served as secretary for a year between June 2017 and June 2018, and again since June 2022.

Additionally, retiring president Nick Neupauer noted at the meeting that Megan Coval, executive director of the Butler County Community College Education Foundation, will assume her role as interim president Thursday.

Lawrence Crossing campus

Board discussion around relocating BC3’s Union Township campus at Lawrence Crossing to the New Castle area continues.

According to Neupauer, administrators have toured various locations, discussing the possibility of relocating the campus, for over a year.

“Lawrence Crossing served us incredibly well, since 2008,” Neupauer said after the meeting. “Enrollment actually peaked there at several hundred students back about 11, maybe 12, years or so ago.”

With declining enrollment, Neupauer said there is now too much building space. With a lower lease payment, he said relocating the campus would save BC3 costs.

“That would help the college from a budgetary point of view,” Neupauer said.

“This is planned to be a significant cost saver for the college,” he said. “We’re going from a 25,000-square-foot facility to roughly 8,000 or 8,500 (square feet).”

The lease on the campus expires June 30, 2025, Neupauer said.

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