Mont Alto Chancellor Gnage announces retirement

After a distinguished and long career in higher education, Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor David C. Gnage has announced that he will retire at the end of this academic year.

Gnage was appointed chancellor of the campus in January 2002. Under his leadership, Penn State Mont Alto has increased degree options, including the baccalaureate in information sciences and technology with the securities and risk analysis minor, which prepares students for careers within the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new “Information Age”; and the baccalaureate in letters, arts and sciences, a multi-disciplinary, theme-oriented, student-designed major that enables students to prepare for a wide range of careers.

Additionally, the nursing program has doubled in size; and the campus has extended to deliver its degree programs to five off-campus sites with its RN to BS program offered in Gettysburg, Hanover, and York, and the associate’s degree in business offered on site at JLG and Manitowoc. Other achievements include the endowment for student scholarships more than doubled, increased grant funding for research and instruction, the enhancement of intercollegiate athletics which has provided Mont Alto’s student-athletes the opportunity to compete at the national level, the installation of a brand new baseball stadium, and a new athletics offering in wrestling.

“Dr. Gnage has provided accomplished leadership for over a decade to Penn State Mont Alto. He is a consummate volunteer and steward of the University in the broader community, serving tirelessly to advance the business, health, economic development and educational needs of the region. Dr. Gnage is a generous and considerate colleague, whose accomplishments and commitment to excellence will continue to benefit others for many years to come," said Madlyn Hanes, vice president of Commonwealth Campuses.

Under his leadership, Mont Alto also has expanded physically with the purchase of several acres of available land adjacent to campus, and it has continued to build upon its roots as a forest academy with the expansion of the Arboretum and campus beautification projects.

“My primary focuses have been meeting the educational and training needs of the greater community, insuring that the campus has the programs in place to help students achieve their goals, and that faculty and staff have the tools they need to do their work,” said Gnage.

With a reputation for outstanding community relations, Gnage serves on the boards of several community groups including United Way, Leadership Franklin County, Totem Pole Play House, and the South Central Workforce Investment Board, where he is active in health careers education. He also has served on the Franklin County Area Development Commission, and as treasurer of the Nicodemus Center. In addition, he is the past president of Healthy Communities Partnership and the Rotary Club of Chambersburg, Pa. He is a member of the Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Mercersburg, and Gettysburg Chambers of Commerce, and of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce in Hagerstown, Md.

Prior to coming to Penn State Mont Alto, Gnage served as the senior officer for finance and administration, vice dean, and finally, interim dean of the Arizona International College of The University of Arizona in Tucson. He also has served on the administration at Broward Community College in Florida where the League for Innovation in Community Colleges named him a “Rising Star.”

Prior to moving to Florida, he served as a faculty member and administrator at Genesee Community College in New York. While at Genesee, he received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Administrative Service. He began his career as a professor of mathematics.

After earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mathematics from the State University of New York College at Brockport, Gnage went on to the State University at Buffalo to complete an master of business administration. In addition, he holds a doctorate in public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

“I have truly enjoyed my time at Penn State Mont Alto,” Gnage said, “and I now look forward to spending more time with my family, and to returning to the classroom in my retirement.”

After his retirement, Gnage plans to live with his wife Marie Foster Gnage, who is the president of West Virginia University of Parkersburg.

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Last Updated January 10, 2015