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Development at Venango Campus has been guided by its administrators. Mr. Frank M. Clark, top left, served as Acting Administrator during searches for permanent administrators. Mr. Charles L. Blank, top right, was Administrative Head from August 30, 1977 to October 15, 1982. Dr. Thomas J. Rookey, above left, has served as administrator since June 1, 1983. Under the leadership of these men enrollment, especially part- time students, has increased dramatically from an all-time low of 290 in 1977 to the current 575. Besides the nursing program, associate degrees are offered in business administration, liberal arts, habilitative services, and a paralegal program will begin in fall 1986. Mr. Dalph Cook, pictured above right with biology students, will retire in May 1986 after 22 years service. He typifies the dedicated faculty have served the campus these 25 years.
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The Robert W. Rhoades Center opened on January 26, 1976. It houses a gymnasium, auditorium to seat 130, a snack bar, book- store, and student lounge. Mr. Rhoades, who died in 1967, was President of the Oil City Chamber of Commerce when it sponsored the establishment of Venango Campus. Named for the prominent oil pioneer who co-chaired the advisory committee to establish this campus, the Charles L. Suhr Library opened on July 6, 1976. Mr. Suhr lived from 1877 to 1970. The building houses the library and four faculty offices. At left, Dr. William E. Vincent, Administrative Head from June 1972 until October 31, 1976, visits with Mrs. Charlotte Boyles, who served as Administrative Assistant from 1962 until her retirement in October, 1984, The occasion was the Dedication and Open House held on October 25, 1976 for the two new buildings pictured above. The facilities had been critically needed since the late 1960s, and program development had been hampered for lack of space. Because of the long delay between the appropriation made in 1967 and actual construc- tion in 1975, the escalation of costs resulted in the deletion of four classrooms and 2 practice rooms from the library building plan. The delays largely resulted from the failure of the PA. Legislature to accept the deed for the land presented in 1961 by Venango Campus, Inc.
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