BC3 Past Presidents
Eight presidents have led Butler County Community College since its founding as the first community college in western Pennsylvania. BC3's chief executive officers since 1965 and their accomplishments:
Dr. Nicholas C. Neupauer was appointed as the eighth president of Butler County Community
College in August 2007. He is the longest-serving chief executive officer in college
Dr. Neupauer served as BC3’s vice president for academic affairs from 2004 to 2007 and as dean of humanities and social science from 1999-2004. He was also an assistant professor and chair of the communication department at Marist College.
In addition to Marist College, Dr. Neupauer previously worked at Bethany College, West Virginia University and Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Neupauer earned a doctorate in education in communication and instruction from West Virginia, a master of science in communication from Clarion and a bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from Penn State University.
Dr. Cynthia Azari served as the seventh president of Butler County Community College
from November 2002 until July 2006. She served as vice president of Olympic College,
Bremerton, WA., for three years prior. She also served as education division director
of the Texas State Property Tax Board for four years and as technical coordinator
of Austin Community College in Austin, Texas, for three years.
Her higher education experience included posts as vice president for instruction and dean for business and engineering at Olympic College. Her public sector experience included serving as the director of the education division at the Texas State Property Tax Board.
Dr. Azari earned her bachelor's degree in government from Houston College, two master's degrees in Education Administration and Industrial Relations from West Virginia University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle University.
Dr. Fred F. Bartok became the sixth president of Butler County Community College on
July 1, 1994. For 10 years prior, he was the executive dean/vice president of the
North Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County. His 29 years of diverse
community college experience included serving as a faculty member in the banking and
finance program, assistant to the executive dean, dean of instruction, and executive
He was co-author of several articles on various topics and wrote a textbook on personal finance. He serves on the local boards of Butler Memorial Hospital, Leadership Butler, Meadowcroft Village, and the Butler Historical Society. His community activities included but were not limited to the United Way campaign, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Regions Working Together Consortium. He was a member of the National Commission for Workforce Training and Development, the Governor's Executive Committee of the Campus Compact National Center, the Executive Council of PA Campus Compact, and president of the board of directors of the PA Commission for Community Colleges.
Dr. Thaddeus Penar, the fifth President of Butler County Community College, brought
almost 30 years of college administration and faculty experience as a professor and
dean. From 1953-1990, he served in various capacities at Grove City College. At Grove
City College, he serves as treasurer, vice president of academic affairs, vice president
of business affairs, and registrar.
Dr. Penar received his doctorate and master of education degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. His doctorate concentrated on guidance, supervision, and business while his master's degree concentrated on business and school administration. He completed his bachelor of science degree in commerce at Grove City College.
Dr. William N. Price brought more than 20 years of community college administration
experience as a dean and president. From 1974-1983, he was the chief executive officer
at Lexington Community College in Kentucky. Before his presidency, he served as an
academic dean at Henderson Community College. His most recent post before assuming
the fourth BC3 presidency was as the dean of instruction at Honolulu Community College
Dr. Price received his doctorate of education from the University of Arizona in 1970. He completed his bachelor of science degree at Arizona State University. His associate in arts degree was earned at Riverside City College.
Dr. Frederick W. Woodward served as acting president from 1983-1984 and vice president
and dean of academic affairs at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, NY, before
taking over as the third president of BC3. He has also served as dean of professional
studies at the State University of New York at Plattsburg.
Dr. Woodward received his doctorate specializing in community college administration from the University of Virginia in 1981. His master's degree and certificate of advanced studies were received from the State University of New York. His baccalaureate degree was received from Castleton State College and his associate degree was received from Champlain College. Both institutions are located in Vermont.
Dr. Thomas TenHoeve, the second president of BC3, served as academic dean of Northwestern
College in Orange City, Iowa, prior to coming to BC3. He started at Northwestern College
in 1958 as a biology instructor. He also served as acting president of the institution
for six months. He worked on gaining accreditation for Northwestern College; the experience
served him well in gaining accreditation for Butler County Community College.
Dr. TenHoeve received his doctorate from the University of Toledo. He completed post-doctoral studies at Purdue University, the University of Western Michigan, and North Carolina State University. He received his master of arts from the University of Michigan.
Prior to Dr. James A. Lawson becoming the first president of the college, he served
as the assistant superintendent of the Bethpage Long Island schools. He also had previously
been an administrator in the Butler Area Schools as the coordinator of adult education.
He was largely responsible for the creation of the Butler County Education-Business
Industry Committee, which ultimately played a part in the establishment of the college.
Dr. Lawson received his bachelor's degree from the California University of Pennsylvania and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. His studies were concentrated on educational administration and supervision. He also held certificates of superintendency from both the states of New York and Pennsylvania.