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Schwank to speak at spring commencement

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Approximately 185 students will receive baccalaureate and associate degrees when Penn State Berks holds its annual spring commencement, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2009 in the Beaver Community Center.

The keynote speaker will be Judith Schwank, whose commitment to a more prosperous and sustainable Pennsylvania has steered her to leadership roles in government and the nonprofit world. She served as Berks County Commissioner from 2000-2007 and is now President/CEO of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, where she works to expand outreach to communities throughout the Commonwealth with a focus on sustainable development that allows municipalities to better plan their growth.

Schwank has long been a familiar face in Berks County. She served concurrently as County Extension Director from August 1991 to December 1999 and County Agricultural Agent. Her focus in county government was the improvement of service to taxpayers with a focus on regional cooperation. Governor Edward Rendell appointed Schwank as chair of the PA State Planning Board in 2004.

Schwank earned both her bachelor and master's degrees from Penn State University and continued her education at Harvard University.

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