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Fred Gaige remembered

Dr. Frederick H. Gaige
Dr. Frederick H. Gaige, 72, Dean and CEO Emeritus of Penn State Berks, passed away on August 25, 2009 in a hospice in Amherst, Massachusetts. Known to many as a visionary leader, Gaige led Penn State Berks from 1984-2001, helping to transform the campus into a college with four-year academic programs and residence halls. He was also instrumental in significantly expanding student enrollment, endowment, and physical facilities.

Dr. Susan Phillips Speece, Chancellor of Penn State Berks, stated, "Fred built on the momentum created by his predecessor, Dr. Harold Perkins, who had created strong community connections. He expanded that support base and worked to bring Penn State Berks to a new level of academic excellence, working with faculty, staff, and the community to determine the best way to position the campus to meet the needs of its service area. By investing in faculty who increasingly attained their doctoral degrees, Dr. Gaige began the transformation of the college from a two year institution to a highly respected undergraduate college of The Pennsylvania State University. We are indebted to Fred for his passion and work on behalf of the students and community."

"Fred Gaige was an extraordinary educator who served the campus and community with great distinction," said Penn State President Graham Spanier. "Fred's leadership in university service and administration has transformed countless lives. Above all, he always put people first. This is his legacy."

Read the full obituary from the Reading Eagle.


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