Date: March 6, 2006
Contact: Carol Connelly, Director, Media & Communication Services, ext. 5267, firstname.lastname@example.org
PNC - Porter County Names Facility Directors
WESTVILLE– Purdue University North Central announces the appointment of Susan Brychell and Leslie Plesac as directors of Purdue North Central – Porter County. Both have a long and distinguished record of community involvement and service to Porter County.
Brychell is a lifelong Porter County resident. She attended Purdue North Central and the Purdue West Lafayette campus as a Communication major. She is a former Miss Indiana USA and was subsequently hired by the Miss Universe Organization to independently produce the Indiana state preliminary to the nationally televised Miss USA Pageant.
She has been involved in many philanthropic organizations during the past 20 years and currently belongs to the Purdue Presidents Gateway Membership, Purdue North Central Advisory Board, Purdue North Central Women’s Association, Tri Kappa, PEO as well as many other community organizations.
Plesac is an active community advocate who has lived in Porter County for nine years. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University in Ohio and a Master’s degree in Communications from Marquette University.
A passionate advocate for education, Plesac is committed to increasing educational attainment in Northwest Indiana. During the past 15 years she has been involved with several professional sports charities, held leadership positions in community and school organizations and she currently serves on the board of the Porter County Community Foundation.
“We are happy to have two professionals of the caliber of Susan and Leslie joining our staff,” said PNC Chancellor James B. Dworkin. “PNC – Porter County will be a definite asset to the area. We look forward to enhancing the educational offerings and raising our community visibility. At PNC, we are always working to meet the needs of our students and of our local communities and Susan and Leslie will play key roles for PNC.”
PNC – Porter County helps to make a Purdue degree accessible to residents of Porter County and neighboring counties. Formerly known as the Valparaiso Academic Center, PNC – Porter County is located at 600 Vale Park Road. The facility was recently enlarged to two buildings, one dedicated to undergraduate classes, the other to graduate coursework. The site also houses admissions and financial aid offices. Its state-of-the-art facilities feature the latest in electronic and computer capabilities to students.
“PNC - Porter County brings a world-class Purdue education to a location that is convenient to many students,” said Dworkin. “Students will find one-stop shopping for their enrollment and financial aid needs. We will have a broad range of coursework available to students earning their bachelor’s degrees, plus a complete MBA program. We also anticipate offering a cross-section of degree completion courses for those wishing to finish degrees.”
Classes will be offered days, evenings and Saturdays to enable flexible scheduling. PNC has offered a variety of classes at this site since 2000. PNC MBA classes began meeting there in October.
Students looking ahead to enrolling in the PNC summer sessions or the 2006 fall semester will be able to take classes at PNC – Porter County. A class schedule is at www.pnc.edu.
Further information about PNC – Porter County can be obtained by contacting Brychell and Plesac at 219-531-6500.