Dr. Nicholas C. Neupauer
Dr. Nicholas C. Neupauer, appointed as Butler County Community College’s eighth president in August 2007, is the longest-serving chief executive officer in BC3 history.
Dr. Neupauer’s presidency at a single institution exceeds that of any current chief executive officer among Pennsylvania’s community colleges, its State System of Higher Education universities and its state-related institutions.
BC3 has reigned under Dr. Neupauer. BC3 has been selected as the No. 1 community college in Pennsylvania nine times, including for 2023 by Niche.com.
BC3 has partnered under Dr. Neupauer. The college has forged nursing-program agreements with Penn Highlands Healthcare, Concordia Lutheran Ministries and Grove City College; and administers a personal empowerment training program with the Butler County Growth Collaborative.
BC3 has served under Dr. Neupauer. BC3 has created programs for those in recovery from opioid addiction, a pantry for food-insecure members of the college community, hosts a township polling station for voters and provides frequent free use of its facilities for Butler County government.
BC3 has expanded under Dr. Neupauer. The college has established additional locations to serve students from Pennsylvania counties under-represented by higher education, including BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing in Lawrence County; BC3 @ Brockway in Jefferson County, which also serves students from Clarion, Clearfield and Elk counties; and BC3 @ Armstrong in Armstrong County.
BC3 has advanced under Dr. Neupauer. BC3 has collaborated with elected officials and private contributors to fund construction of the Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health Building on BC3’s main campus and of the relocated BC3 @ Armstrong facility in Ford City.
BC3 has prospered under Dr. Neupauer. The college’s Education Foundation has increased assets from $8.9 million to $21 million since 2007. The foundation has received six $1 million gifts and one $500,000 gift since 2014.
BC3 has thrived under Dr. Neupauer. BC3 has set records in enrollment in its College Within the High School program and in graduates of its Nursing, R.N., program in 2023.
Prior to being appointed as president, Dr. Neupauer served as BC3’s vice president for academic affairs and as dean of humanities and social science. He was also an assistant professor and chair of the communication department at Marist College.
Dr. Neupauer was board chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and is board chair of the Community Colleges of Appalachia. He has twice served on the Butler County Chamber of Commerce board and as its board chair in 2011. He is a member of the executive committee and is a board member of the Community Development Corp. of Butler County.
Among his honors are the Stan Kosciuszko Leadership Excellence Award, presented to a graduate of Leadership Butler County who has shown outstanding leadership; the Jean B. Purvis Community Cornerstone Award, presented to an individual who has contributed significantly to the health and well-being of the community; and the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, the most prestigious presented by Phi Theta Kappa, an international academic honor society.
Dr. Neupauer and his wife, Tamatha, live in Butler County. Their daughters, Paige Tudor and Meredith Neupauer, attended BC3.