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Mar 27, 2013

Welcoming New Leaders to Bucks County: A Community Celebration

Delaware Valley College President Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan is bringing Bucks County leaders from not-for-profit organizations, health care and education together on the College’s Doylestown campus April 4.

“To have this many leaders from Bucks County in the same room will really be something special,” said Dr. Brosnan. “We’re reaching out into the community because we feel we can all accomplish more when we stay connected to each other.”

The celebration of new leaders in Bucks County  and presentation of the first ever Helen and Kenneth Gemmill Distinguished Philanthropy and Service Award will be held in Moumgis Auditorium, located in the College’s Student Center.

The event runs from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., but distinguished guests will be gathering beforehand, in the Student Center, at 4:30 p.m. for photos.

Speaking at the event will be:

James Brexler, President and CEO of Doylestown Hospital
Dr. Rodney Green, Superintendent of Central Bucks School District
Magne Gundersen, Council Executive of the Bucks County Council, Boy Scouts of America
Jamie Haddon, a class of ’95 DelVal alumnus who is President and CEO of the United Way of Bucks County
Lisa Tremper Hanover, Director and CEO of the James A. Michener Art Museum
Jeffrey Marshall, President of the Heritage Conservancy
Zane Moore, President/CEO Central Bucks Family YMCA
Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, President of Bucks County Community College.

DelVal will honor one of the guests, Elizabeth Gemmill, with the first ever Helen and Kenneth Gemmill Distinguished Philanthropy and Service Award. The award, which is named for her parents, will be given each year to a person following in the footsteps of Kenneth and Helen by making an outstanding contribution to Bucks County. The award honors a person who demonstrates leadership and has given time and service, plus financial contributions to improve Bucks County.

Kenneth and Helen Gemmill gave millions to organizations in Bucks County including DelVal, the James Michener Art Museum, the Mercer Museum, Doylestown Hospital and the Heritage Conservancy during their lifetime.

After they passed away, Elizabeth Gemmill continued their legacy as president of the family’s Warwick Foundation. In 2010, the Foundation gave the College a transformational gift valued at $30 million. That gift is helping the College move forward with its goal of becoming a university.

County leaders from a variety of organizations came together to plan the event and the event will continue to involve collaboration between various groups in the county in future years.

The planning committee includes: RADM Stephen Chadwick, USN (Ret.), a retired executive chairman of Prodesco Inc. and Secant Medical LLC; Roger Collins executive director of the Bucks County Opportunity Council, Inc; Douglas Dolan, who is executive director of the Bucks County Historical Society; Delaware Valley College Scholar-in-Residence Dr. N. Robert Laws, who is the former superintendent for Central Bucks School District; Dr. James Linksz, a former president of Bucks County Community College; Richard Reif a former president and CEO of Doylestown Hospital and a member of the College’s board of trustees; and Marvin Woodall, who is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Heritage Conservancy.