Dr. Nicholas C. Neupauer is the eighth President of the Butler County Community College. Prior to being appointed to the position on August 1, 2007, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2004-2007. From 1999-2004, he was Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences at the College.
As President, Dr. Neupauer has stressed BC3 becoming a regional institution of higher learning. In addition to its Main Campus location in Butler, the College also has BC3 @ Cranberry, BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing and BC3 @ LindenPointe sites. Enrollment at the College has increased by approximately 20 percent during his tenure. Fall of 2010 semester enrollment is at 4,450 students.
Dr. Neupauer has emphasized campus beautification and safety as well as innovative academic approaches. Some of the new academic approaches focus on a Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, a Global Competency and Scholars Program.
Prior to his arrival at BC3, Dr. Neupauer was chair of the Communication Department at Marist College. 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.
Throughout his career in higher education, which also included stints at West Virginia University (1993-96) and Bethany College (1995-96), Dr. Neupauer's teaching has been recognized. In 2004, BC3's 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 currently teaches an Introduction to Public Relations course at BC3.
Dr. Neupauer is the chair of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce for 2011 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 is a member of the Butler P.M. Rotary Club.
He is the 2010 recipient of the Arthur V. Ciervo Award from CUPRAP, the Association of Communicators in Education. The award goes to a public relations professional, president, higher education advocate, public official or outstanding faculty or staff member who exemplifies CUPRAP's fundamental purposes of supporting and advancing the understanding of higher education. The award is based on Dr. Neupauer's expertise as an educator in the field of public relations and communications and his commitment to higher education.
He earned a Doctorate in Education in Communication and Instruction from West Virginia University, a Master of Science in Communication (Training and Development) from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism with an English minor from the Pennsylvania State University.
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