Delaware Valley College president selected for Rotary award

Credit: Allure West Studios. Dr. Joseph Brosnan, president of Delaware Valley College.

Apr 15, 2014

The Doylestown Rotary Club is honoring College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan for adhering to high ethical standards in his professional career at its third annual “Four Way Test” Awards Breakfast. The breakfast will be Wednesday, April 30 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Doylestown Country Club.

Rotary, an organization with about 1.2 million members, brings people from a variety of professions, cultures and countries together to address some of the world’s toughest challenges. Members are passionate about creating lasting change in their communities and around the world.

Each year, the Doylestown Rotary Club honors people who live by Rotary’s guiding principles or “Four Way Test,” one of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics.

"I nominated Dr. Brosnan for this award because he is a leader who believes in not only living by high ethical standards, but also in promoting them through his role as college president," said Janet Mintzer, president and CEO of Pearl S. Buck International. "He teaches all of his students to live by core values and stresses these values as an important part of education. He's involved in the community and leads by example, staying honest and fair, building friendships and partnerships with community organizations, and making decisions that will improve the student experience at DelVal.”

College trustee Richard Reif, a former CEO of Doylestown Hospital, said Dr. Brosnan “exemplifies the values of the Four Way Test, which are reflected in his leadership at Delaware Valley College and in his commitment to the Bucks County community.”

Associate Professor Larry Stelmach said Dr. Brosnan recognized that developing a strategic plan was vital to the College’s future and gained the necessary support for the plan by giving a variety of people a voice in the process.

“To gain support, he formed a strategic planning team with 20 members drawn from the board of trustees, faculty, college administrators and local community leaders,” said Stelmach. “More than 100 people took part in committees that developed specific parts of the plan. The result was a data-based blueprint, which was used to explain the potential of Delaware Valley College to donors and other supporters of the school.”

Since becoming president in 2007, Dr. Brosnan has added both graduate and undergraduate programs; opened a $15 million Life Sciences Building, which is providing new classroom and lab space as well as a new, 450-seat auditorium for students; and has added a robust Experience360 program, which gives undergraduates real world experience and skills that make them more marketable to employers. He is also leading a $50 million capital campaign, which has brought in about $47 million so far. The funding will support initiatives that will enhance all aspects of the student experience and help position DelVal as a leading private university.

Dr. Joseph Brosnan
Credit: Delaware Valley College. Dr. Joseph Brosnan, president of Delaware Valley College, presents an award to the senior from the Class of 2013 with the highest GPA, Rachel Gentzler. Dr. Brosnan is personally involved in the success of students. He invites the seniors over to his home every year, 30 days before graduation, to celebrate their success. He also provides personal letters of recommendation to The Presidential Fellows, students who participate in a leadership development program he created.

Dr. Brosnan earned his bachelor’s degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and his master’s and doctorate the State University of New York at Albany. At Harvard University, he completed certificate programs at the New Presidents’ Institute and the Institute for Educational Management.

He is involved in a variety of boards and foundations such as: the Bucks County Workforce Investment Board, the Bucks County Economic Development Advisory Board, the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, the Bucks County Conservation District, and the ACE Commission on Lifelong Learning.