Community college president to retire, strengthened ties to business community

Anna. D. Weitz, president of Reading Area Community College, will retire at the end of the school year, the college announced.

Weitz has led the school since 2007. Her retirement will be effective June 30.

College trustees authorized the search for a new president and will use the Association of Community College Trustees to manage it.

Under Weitz’s leadership, the college strengthened ties with the business community to meet changing workforce needs and to help develop students’ skills in advanced manufacturing. She expanded the Schmidt Training and Technology Center and opened the Gateway Center for Career Training.

Weitz oversaw RACC’s dual-admission agreements, which it had not held before, with four-year public and private schools that include Albright College, Alvernia University, Kutztown University, Immaculata University, Temple University and St. Joseph’s University.

“While the board accepted with regret Dr. Weitz’s decision to retire, she is unquestionably leaving RACC in an excellent position for future generations,” Guido M. Picchini, chair of the board of trustees, said in a statement.

Picchini said Weitz steered the college through changes in high education with a “deliberate course characterized by strategic planning, execution and ongoing assessment, all while emphasizing RACC’s focus on access and student success. She refined and enhanced the college’s organizational structure to maximize performance and accountability.”

Weitz released a statement: “When I retire next June, I will have had the privilege of serving this dynamic institution for 11 years. Looking back, I am grateful to the faculty and staff and am proud to be a part of a group so dedicated to our college and especially to our students. Our collective focus on students and their success truly is our guidepost. The RACC of today embodies the power of providing opportunity for all who seek to improve their lives through education.”

Weitz previously led Pennsylvania Highlands Community College in Johnstown, Cambria County, for five years, which increased its enrollment 30 percent during her tenure as president.

Her professional experience includes 12 years as vice president of student and community services at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, N.Y. She has served as an administrator or adjunct faculty member at Raritan Valley Community College, Williamsport Area Community College (now Pennsylvania College of Technology) and Lycoming College.

Weitz earned a doctorate at Penn State University, a master’s degree at the State University of New York at Albany and a bachelor’s degree at Boston University.

Weitz served on numerous boards that focused on regional workforce investment and economic development, including the Greater Reading Economic Partnership, Berks Business-Education Coalition and Workforce Development Board.

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