Dr. Nicholas C. Neupauer was appointed President of Butler County Community College on August 1, 2007. During that time, the College has prospered with: record enrollment (18.5 percent increase in 2010 was the largest of any of the Commonwealthís public institutions); the development of unique and nationally recognized academic programs (teaching STEM concepts through guitar making); moving Butlerís Education Foundation to a position of greater support to the College (the Foundationís assets total $12 million); and receiving recognition for sound fiscal management (by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education).
Dr. Neupauer has worked diligently to enhance the student experience at Butler. This includes: a new Scholars Program, investments into campus safety, investigation of student housing and a regional approach to higher education with four campus locations (Main Campus in Butler Twp. and off-campus sites in Cranberry Twp., Butler County; Hermitage, Mercer County; Union Twp., Lawrence County; and Brockway, Jefferson County). A "one-stop-shop" model for student services allows Main Campus students seamless access in a new, 34,500-square-foot Student Success Center. A renovation of the Main Campusí Beck Library will commence in 2014.
He served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2004-2007 at Butler, where he was responsible for introducing academic and general education assessment models. The general education plan was recognized by Middle States. From 1999-2004, he was Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College. During this time, he created a Praxis Preparation program.
Dr. Neupauer was an assistant professor and chair of the Communication Department at Marist College (1996-99). At Marist, he created a sports communication degree and was highlighted by the Office of Special Services in appreciation of efforts for students with disabilities.
Recognized for excellence in the classroom, he currently teaches an Introduction to Public Relations course at Butler. Dr. Neupauer has also taught at West Virginia University (1993-96) and Bethany College (1995-96). In 2004, Butlerís student body named him "Outstanding Faculty Member." At West Virginia, he was named "Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant" and "Outstanding Professor" by the Panhellenic Council. At Marist, he twice won "School of Communication Faculty of the Year." He also taught in Geneva Collegeís graduate program.
Dr. Neupauer is President of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and a member of the board of directors for the Community Development Corporation of Butler County and the Community Health Clinic of Butler County. He and his wife, Tamatha, were co-chairs of the Butler County March of Dimes Walk in 2010. In 2012, Dr. Neupauer chaired two Butler County Heart Association Walks. He served as Chair of the Butler County Chamber in 2011.
He is the 2010 recipient of the Arthur V. Ciervo Award from CUPRAP, the Association of Communicators in Education. The award goes to a professional who exemplifies CUPRAPís fundamental purposes of supporting and advancing the understanding of higher education. Dr. Neupauerís expertise in communication will also be recognized this fall by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (District 1) as its prestigious Pacesetter Award winner.
He earned a Doctorate in Education in Communication and Instruction from West Virginia, a Master of Science in Communication from Clarion University and a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism from Penn State University.
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