President’s Biography


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 since 2015 has been selected as the No. 1 community college in Pennsylvania eight times, by, and 

BC3 has delivered under Dr. Neupauer. BC3 has been identified as having the most affordable tuition and highest salary-to-cost ratio among more than 40 regional institutions in 2018 and 2019 by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

BC3 has helped under Dr. Neupauer. BC3 in 2018 created an opioid addiction recovery program, in 2019 launched a pantry to aid food-insecure members of BC3’s community, in 2020 donated personal protective equipment to COVID-19 health care providers, and in 2021 assisted a health care system’s COVID-19 clinic. 

BC3 has expanded under Dr. Neupauer. BC3 in 2008 created BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing in New Castle; in 2013, BC3 @ Brockway in Jefferson County, which also serves students from Clarion, Clearfield and Elk counties; and in 2015, BC3 @ Armstrong in Manor Township, Armstrong County. 

BC3 has built under Dr. Neupauer. BC3 in 2022 will begin construction of the Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health Building on the college’s main campus and of a relocated BC3 @ Armstrong facility in Ford City.

BC3 has prospered under Dr. Neupauer. Assets in BC3’s Education Foundation since 2007 have increased from $8.9 million to $23.5 million. The college since 2014 has received six $1 million gifts and one $500,000 gift.

BC3 has partnered under Dr. Neupauer. BC3 in 2020 forged an up to $10 million agreement with Concordia Lutheran Ministries that helped to create a practical nursing program that debuted in 2022. BC3 collaborated with elected officials and private contributors to help to fund construction of a relocated BC3 @ Armstrong facility in Ford City.

BC3 has excelled under Dr. Neupauer. BC3’s Rho Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international academic honor society, since 2017 has maintained an ultimate five-star status.  

BC3 has broadened under Dr. Neupauer. BC3 since 2020 has reached all-time highs in enrollment or in seats occupied in its College Within the High School program.

BC3 has served under Dr. Neupauer. BC3 since 2013 has been named a Military Friendly School seven times by Viqtory.

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 has served as board chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and is the incoming board chair of the Community Colleges of Appalachia. 

He has also served as chair of two Butler County Heart Association walks and with his wife, Tamatha, has volunteered as co-chairs of the Butler County March of Dimes walk. Dr. Neupauer is a member of the executive committee and is a board member of the Community Development Corp. of Butler County. He is also a member of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce board and has served as its chair. 

Dr. Neupauer has received a Jean B. Purvis Community Cornerstone Award, presented to an individual who has contributed significantly to the health and well-being of the community; and a Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, the most prestigious award presented by Phi Theta Kappa.  

His expertise in communication has been recognized with the distinguished Pacesetter Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (District 1), and with the Arthur V. Ciervo Award from the Association of Communicators in Education for excellence in communication and public relations to advance higher education.