Dr. Nicholas C. Neupauer
Dr. Nicholas C. Neupauer has served as president of Butler County Community College since 2007. His presidency at a single institution exceeds that of any current chief executive officer among Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges, its 14 State System of Higher Education universities and its four state-related institutions.
Under Dr. Neupauer’s leadership, BC3 has been selected as the No. 1 community college in Pennsylvania in three consecutive rankings by Schools.com (2015, 2017 and 2019) and by Bestcolleges.com (2017).
Additional recent accomplishments during Dr. Neupauer’s presidency include BC3’s recognition by the Pittsburgh Business Times as having the highest salary-to-cost ratio among more than 40 regional public and private colleges and universities (2018 and 2019), and BC3’s Rho Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international academic honor society, receiving a REACH Reward for membership development (2019) and its being designated as a five-star chapter (2017). BC3 cohorts have also won the Presidents’ Cup to culminate the Western Pennsylvania Community College Leadership Institute (2016 and 2018) and Victory Media has named BC3 a Military Friendly institution five times.
Fundraising has increased significantly since Dr. Neupauer became BC3’s president, with assets in the BC3 Education Foundation Inc. rising from $8.9 million to $18.5 million. A Pioneer Proud Campaign that ended in the fall of 2016 raised $6.85 million, overwhelmingly eclipsing its goal of $5.5 million, and included contributions from 82 percent of BC3 employees and board members. The college has received four $1 million gifts from private donors since July 2014.
Dr. Neupauer’s diligent work to enhance the student experience at BC3 includes increased scholarship opportunities, investments in campus safety, a degree completion partnership program, and a regional approach to higher education with five additional locations.
Prior to being appointed president, Dr. Neupauer served at BC3 as vice president for academic affairs (2004-2007) and as dean of humanities and social science (1999-2004). Dr. Neupauer was an assistant professor and chair of the Communication Department at Marist College (1996-1999).
Dr. Neupauer served as board chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (2013-2015) and as 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. He is currently a member of the executive committee and a board member of the Community Development Corporation of Butler County.
Dr. Neupauer has been recognized as the third annual Jean B. Purvis Community Cornerstone Award Winner, presented annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to the health and well-being of the community (2019); and was selected to receive the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, the most prestigious award presented by Phi Theta Kappa (2018). His expertise in communication was honored with the prestigious Pacesetter Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (District 1) in 2013, and the Arthur V. Ciervo Award from the Association of Communicators in Education for excellence in communication and public relations to advance higher education in 2010. Dr. Neupauer has also received a number of teaching awards.
He earned a doctorate degree in education in communication and instruction from West Virginia University, a master of science degree in communication from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from Penn State University.