Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, President & Chief Executive Officer Announces Retirement

“Thanks to Johnson College’s outstanding students, faculty and staff, board members, industry partners, and alumni I feel that it is well positioned for continued growth.” 

Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson College today announced her retirement, which will be effective June 30, 2018.  The announcement was made earlier today at a special all-college gathering of board members, students, faculty, and staff.

Dr. Pipinski was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson College in 2003. She served as acting President of the College from August 2002 and previously as Vice President of Continuing Education since 1989.  She has been with the College for over 27 years and her leadership has had a profound impact on the institution and greater Scranton community.

Dave Boniello, ’84, Chair of the Johnson College Board Directors shares, “I always remember Ann sharing that as President she wanted to laugh, have fun and could be a bit of a rebel.  I am proud to say that she has remained true to this statement throughout her tenure and it has served us well.  The College has grown in so many ways thanks to her leadership and our students are all the better for it.  As the first female President and Chief Executive Officer she has been an outstanding role model to all and has created an institution that is student-focused and industry-driven.”

Since becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson College Dr. Pipinski has led the College in growth of program development, friendraising and fundraising, and enrollment.  After years of an inactive alumni association she gave voice to this important constituent group by actively engaging them in activities related to their alma mater.  She reached out and they reached back and together, they began to shape the future of the institution, including a successful capital campaign that exceeded its comprehensive goal.  This was the first capital campaign for the College and resulted in its largest building project to date, the 12,600 square foot Health Science Technology Center.

The Health Science Technology Center houses the College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program, the newest program addition at the institution.  Dr. Pipinski also oversaw the development of the Woolworth Flex space, a 4,400 square foot building that houses the College’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning program.  Other building renovations under Dr. Pipinski’s tenure include the College’s first Collaborative Learning Space, a remodel of the Moffat Student Center, and a remodel of Woolworth Hall to house the College’s Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology program and 3-D print lab.

These additions, along with program development have helped to enhance the overall student experience.  Students have always been the focus for Dr. Pipinski and hearing feedback from them remains one of her favorite activities as President.  Listening to direct input from students has led to record-setting enrollment during Dr. Pipinski’s tenure.  Program enhancements and new program development have been a result of student, industry, and board input.

The new programs introduced under Dr. Pipinski’s leadership are Distribution, Supply & Logistics (in 2006 with a 2014 name change to Business Management with tracks in Project Management and Supply Chain Management), Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technology (2008), Diesel Preventative Maintenance Technology Certificate Program (2009), Welding Technology Certificate (2012), Physical Therapist Assistant (2013), and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology (2015).  The diversification of offerings has led the College to a 20% increase in enrollment since 2003.  The overall net assets of the College (Value of the College) has grown 204% and the operating budget has doubled during Dr. Pipinski’s tenure.  Thanks to this dynamic leadership, Dr. Pipinski has helped to change the landscape of higher education in Northeastern Pennsylvania and how people view technical education.  She enhanced the College’s presence in the community and increased its profile throughout the region through strategic public relations and branding.

As a lifelong resident of Scranton, PA, Dr. Pipinski, who is affectionately called Dr. Ann by the community, has also provided great service to professional and community organizations.  She serves on the boards of the United Way of Lackawanna County, currently serving as Treasurer; the Child Advocacy Center; and formerly the Everhart Museum.  Dr. Pipinski had also been on the board for over 15 years of the Women’s Resource Center and is past Chair.

She has also served as a commissioner with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). She has served as an evaluator for the Division of Academic Approval for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). She is past president of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Continuing Education Council. She is a member and past chair of Northeast Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities (NEPACU), which consists of regional college and university presidents.

Dr. Pipinski is also active in regional economic development activities including the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, serving as a member of the Board of Directors.  She currently serves on the Executive Board as vice president, on the board of the Lackawanna Industrial Fund Enterprises (LIFE), and is past chairperson of the Higher Education Committee. Dr. Pipinski previously served as Chairperson of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute (NPTI), an initiative sponsored by Northeastern Pennsylvania colleges, universities, economic development groups, private foundations, and industry. She has been appointed by the Lackawanna County Board of Commissioners as a member of the Lackawanna County Workforce Investment Board (WIB).

In 2014 Dr. Pipinski received a diversity award from the Council for Community Affairs Inc.  In 2012 Dr. Pipinski received the Woman of Excellence Award from the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, recognizing her years of service to the greater Scranton community.  In 2007 she was selected as one of Seven Women at the Pinnacle of their Careers by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal.

“The College is in a great place and I feel it is the right time for me to retire,” Dr. Pipinski shared earlier today.  She went on to say, “Thanks to Johnson College’s outstanding students, faculty and staff, board members, industry partners, and alumni I feel that it is well positioned for continued growth.  It is as true today as it was back in 2001 when I first stated it – human capital is the primary source of competitive advantage.  Our employees and graduates demonstrate this every day.”

Chair of the Board of Directors Dave Boniello ‘84 is Johnson College’s first alumnus board chairperson.  As part of the special all-college meeting today, he also shared that a national search will be conducted for Johnson College’s next President & Chief Executive Officer and will commence over the next few months.  A timeline for the search process will be released soon.