President’s Biography

 

Dr. Nicholas C. Neupauer

Dr. Nicholas C. Neupauer is entering his 12th year as President of Butler County Community College.

BC3 in October of 2017 was named as Pennsylvania’s No. 1 community college in a second consecutive ranking by Schools.com. The College has earned five consecutive Military Friendly School recognitions by Victory Media dating to 2014. Other accomplishments in the past two years include a five-star designation for BC3’s Rho Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society; a Top 10 percent ranking by OnlineColleges.com for BC3’s distance education program; and BC3’s winning The President’s Cup in the Western Pennsylvania Community College Leadership Institute.

Fundraising at BC3 has increased significantly since Dr. Neupauer became President in 2007. Assets in The BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. have increased from $8.9 million to $18.5 million. Four separate $1 million gifts have been received from private donors in just over three years. A Pioneer Proud Campaign concluded in the fall of 2016 with $6.85 million (overwhelmingly eclipsing a goal of $5.5 million) and with 82 percent of employees and boards contributing.

Dr. Neupauer has worked diligently to enhance the student experience at BC3. This includes increased scholarship opportunities, investments into campus safety, a Degree Completion Partnership program, and a regional approach to higher education with six campus locations.

Prior to being appointed President, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs (2004-2007) and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences (1999-2004) at BC3. Dr. Neupauer was an assistant professor and chair of the Communication Department at Marist College (1996-99).

Dr. Neupauer, who has been recognized for excellence in the classroom, currently teaches at BC3. Dr. Neupauer has also taught at West Virginia University (1993-96) and Bethany College (1995-96). In 2004, BC3’s student body named him Outstanding Faculty Member. At West Virginia University, 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 was also an instructor in Geneva College’s graduate program.

Dr. Neupauer served as Board Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges from 2013-15. He was also chair of two Butler County Heart Association Walks in 2012 and of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce in 2011. He and his wife, Tamatha, served as co-chairs of the Butler County March of Dimes Walk in 2010.

In January of 2018, Dr. Neupauer was selected as the recipient of Phi Theta Kappa International Academic Honor Society’s Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, the Society’s most prestigious award. His expertise in communication was recognized in 2013 by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (District 1) with its prestigious Pacesetter Award winner. He was the 2010 recipient of the Arthur V. Ciervo Award from the Association of Communicators in Education.

He earned a Doctorate in Education in Communication and Instruction from West Virginia University, 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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