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Alvernia University names new president

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The Alvernia University board of trustees appointed John Loyack as its new president.

Loyack, who is vice president for business and administration at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, will assume the office on July 1.

He will replace Thomas F. Flynn, Alvernia’s longest-serving president, who announced last May that he will step down after 14 years in the position.

Alvernia is a private, Franciscan Roman Catholic university in Reading with about 1,500 undergraduates and 600 graduate students. Previously known as Alvernia College, it gained university status in 2008.

Loyack is taking over the presidency of a university that underwent numerous changes during Flynn’s tenure, including an endowment that nearly doubled, academic programs that were enhanced, and the most ambitious building expansion in its history that will add more than 100,000 square feet of new classrooms and recreational space.

Prior to his tenure at King’s College, Loyack was president and CEO of Optim Energy/Energy Co in Irving, Texas.

He earned an MBA at Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from King’s College.

Michael Fromm, chairman of Alvernia’s board of trustees, called Loyack a “seasoned leader and strategic thinker with a proven track record of taking highly complex organizations to the next level.”

Fromm is CEO of Fromm Electrical Supply based in Reading.

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