Nancy Traina of Fox Chapel has accepted the appointment of chair of Penn State Greater Allegheny's new capital campaign committee.
For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students gives its highest priorities to ensuring that a Penn State education remains accessible to students regardless of their financial means and to strengthening the qualities that make Penn State a student-centered university. The University has not yet determined a dollar goal for the campaign, which is still in its leadership gifts phase.
Traina, an active community volunteer, joined the campus' Advisory Board in 2000. Since 2002, she has served on the Advisory Board's Executive Committee and as chair of the campus' fundraising effort. She and her husband John have established several scholarship endowments in memory of their son Andrew. The Trainas were lead supporters of the recent Student Community Center building campaign. In recognition of their outstanding support to the University, the couple were named Honorary Penn State Alumni in 2004.
She is joined on the committee by alumni and friends who have strong ties with the campus and the University. The Penn State Greater Allegheny Capital Campaign Committee includes Arthur L. Baldwin, Mary Del Brady, Victor J. Orler Jr. and James M. "Jay" Weitzel Jr.
"Nancy has done an outstanding job as our fundraising chair for the last five years and she is joined by an exemplary group of volunteers on this new venture," said Chancellor Curtiss E. Porter. "I'm delighted to be working with these dedicated individuals who are committed to helping our students and communities succeed."
Baldwin of White Oak graduated from Penn State in 1969 with a degree in microbiology and chemistry. With more than 30 years scientific, engineering and management experience within academia, government and industry, he is a senior international adviser at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh and president of Baldwin Investment Management Group LLC. Baldwin is involved with and supports numerous Penn State activities and is an active community volunteer. He currently is a member of the board of directors of Penn State's Eberly College of Science Alumni Society. During the recent Grand Destiny capital campaign, he and his wife Cynthia established the Cynthia A. and Arthur L. Baldwin Scholarship at the campus.
Del Brady of Pittsburgh is president and chief executive officer of RedPath Integrated Pathology Inc., a biotechnology company that provides specialized cancer diagnostic testing. A native of McKeesport, she serves on the Penn State Greater Allegheny Advisory Board Executive Committee, has been co-chair of the Marketing and Recruitment Committee since 2005 and is a supporter of the Penn State Greater Allegheny Scholarship Fund. She has received numerous professional awards and is active with local nonprofit organizations.
Orler Jr. of Hinsdale, Ill., attended the campus from 1975-77. He was president of the Student Government Association and president of Delta Kappa Phi, a campus fraternity. Orler earned a degree in marketing from Penn State in 1979 and is a retired partner in Accenture's Strategic Services practice in Chicago. He and his wife Patricia established the Victor J. and Joan M. Orler Trustee Scholarship at Penn State Greater Allegheny in honor of Victor's parents and were instrumental in establishing the John W. Beatty Memorial Fund. Orler serves on the campus' Advisory Board.
Weitzel Jr. of Springfield, Va., has also been an active supporter of campus initiatives. Weitzel, who attended the campus from 1970-72, received a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts from Penn State in 1974. Weitzel is employed as senior counsel at Northrop Grumman Corp. in Falls Church, Va. He and his wife Kim have recently established the Jay and Kim Weitzel Scholarship at Penn State Greater Allegheny. His gift during the Grand Destiny campaign allowed the campus to name the radio station booth in the Student Community Center in his honor.