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PAC announces new officers for upcoming academic year

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PAC announces new officers for upcoming academic year 2020-2021

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. ( Calvin L. Troup, president at Geneva College, will serve as chair of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Presidents’ Council for the 2020-21 academic year. Dr. Troup's term begins July 1.

Dr. Troup succeeds Dr. David L. Finegold, president at Chatham University, who served as the PAC Presidents’ Council chair in 2019-20.

“What an honor to serve in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, among member schools so clearly dedicated to the ideals of academic excellence and the challenges of collegiate competition. Especially in the coming year, we trust that all our PAC student-athletes can pursue these aspirations together in the classroom and in NCAA Division III competition,” said Dr. Troup.

The Presidents' Council holds ultimate authority and responsibility for PAC governance and is responsible for the establishment, direction and, if necessary, the enforcement of general policy, including the conference office's annual budget and all other financial matters. The league’s name clearly reflects its founding principle that operational control of all aspects of intercollegiate athletics is ultimately the responsibility of the presidents of each member institution, and thus active presidential leadership and oversight is paramount in conference administration. Institutions involved understand that the key components to its progress lie in the foundation of faith in each member. It is the conviction of its membership that the PAC is the solution to the dilemma of intercollegiate athletic competition, and they have staked their athletic future on this premise.

Dr. Troup began his tenure as president at Geneva on July 1, 2016. He is the 20th president at the College since its founding in 1848.

After graduating from Geneva in 1983, Dr. Troup worked as a trend analyst for The Naisbitt Group (owned by John Naisbitt, author of Megatrends), congressional staff aide to U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, and an executive for the National Association of Life Underwriters in Washington, D.C.

In 1989, Dr. Troup returned to academia, earning a master’s degree (1991) and a Ph.D. (1994) in speech communication from the Pennsylvania State University. He served on the faculties of Penn State and Indiana University before moving to the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University, where he directed the University’s nationally-ranked rhetoric Ph.D. program.

Dr. Troup’s scholarly interest is the rhetoric and philosophy of St. Augustine and the rhetoric of technology. His books include Temporality, Eternity, and Wisdom: The Rhetoric of Augustine’s Confessions (Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1999) and Augustine for the Philosophers: The Rhetor of Hippo, the Confessions (Baylor University Press, 2014). Dr. Troup has edited the Journal of Communication and Religion and is a past president of the Religious Communication Association.

Since returning to the Pittsburgh area, Dr. Troup has served on the Geneva College Board of Corporators and Board of Trustees, leading a number of college and board committees. He has been the Chair of the Board of Trustees’ Education Committee for many years.

In addition to serving as President of Geneva College, Dr. Troup also instructs for the Communication Department at Geneva and for the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Dr. Troup and his wife Amy have four daughters, four sons-in-law, and four grandchildren.

Van Zanic, entering his seventh year as the director of athletics at Geneva, will serve as chair of the PAC Athletic Administrators (AA) Council. He will also be entering his 19th season as the College's head softball coach. Rebecca Dittmar, the assistant director of athletics and compliance officer, will chair the PAC Senior Woman Administrator Council (SWAC). The PAC Faculty Athletic Representatives Association (FARA) will be chaired by Dr. Denise Murphy-Gerber, an associate professor in the College's Business Department.

Geneva College, located in Beaver Falls, Pa., is a Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor. Offering over 145 traditional undergraduate majors and programs, fully online Adult Degree Programs and high-demand graduate degrees, Geneva’s programs are recognized for their high quality. Geneva is included on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s “2019 Best College Values” list and has one of the top undergraduate engineering programs in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. Adhering to the truth of Scripture, a Geneva education is grounded in God’s Word as well as in a core curriculum designed to prepare students vocationally to think, write and communicate well in today’s world.

Franciscan University rising senior Liam Galligan (Springfield, Pa. | Galligan Academy) will serve as president of the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the 2020-21 academic year. He is also in his first year working with the NCAA Division III SAAC as an associate member. A business major, Galligan is a member of Franciscan's cross country and track and field programs. Waynesburg University rising junior Luke Diel (Lower Burrell, Pa. | Mars) will serve as the PAC SAAC vice president. A political science major pursuing a minor in economics, Diel is a member of Waynesburg's golf program. Bethany College rising junior Allison Paxton (Canonsburg, Pa. | Canon-McMillan) will serve as the PAC SAAC community outreach coordinator. An elementary education major, Paxton competes as a member of Bethany's soccer and track and field programs. Grove City College rising senior Austin Ion (Cranberry, Pa. | Keystone) will serve as the PAC SAAC social media coordinator. An accounting and finance double major, Ion is a member of Grove City's football program.

Joe Onderko will continue to serve the PAC as its commissioner in 2020-21, his 15th year as the league's chief administrator. Kevin Fenstermacher enters his ninth year with the league office this summer. He was recently promoted to deputy commissioner.

Currently comprised of 10 select private institutions – Bethany College, Chatham University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Geneva College, Grove City College, Saint Vincent College, Thiel College, Washington & Jefferson College, Waynesburg University and Westminster College – the PAC remains a unique organization in this day of high pressure intercollegiate athletics, with academics at the center of each member’s philosophy. In 2012, the PAC Presidents’ Council voted to add Carnegie Mellon University and Case Western Reserve University as affiliate members in the sport of football.

The PAC, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, crowns league champions and awards all-conference honors in its 23 championship sports.

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