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Lori Omatick named to development director post at Penn State Fayette

Lori A. Omatick
1/21/2008 —
Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus has a new development director, Lori A. Omatick, who stepped into the role January 21. A life-long resident of Fayette County, Omatick brings to the role more than 13 years of experience working with local business and community leaders, and elected officials at the local, state and national levels.

As development director, Omatick is responsible for planning, directing and providing leadership to Penn State’s new campaign for the Eberly Campus. Responsibilities include developing annual goal setting and fundraising plans, and directing related activities in support of these goals and objectives.

“While my role is focused on development for Penn State Fayette, I also consider the role as a means of contributing to the greater good of the community. This campus is a cornerstone of Fayette County and I am very proud to be part of an organization with such a rich tradition of success.” Omatick says.

Penn State Chancellor Emmanuel Osagie observes, “Lori’s background, expertise and established network of local, state and national contacts is a real plus for someone coming into this important position. But Lori also brings vitality and enthusiasm. Fundraising is critical to any organization in these lean times. What makes it so much more important for us is that we have a vision to expand Penn State Fayette’s role as an educational and cultural resource for Fayette County and Southwestern Pennsylvania. We are dedicated to preserving and enhancing our unique place in the fabric of the regional community, and we are confident Lori will help us achieve these goals.”

Omatick came to Penn State Fayette from Advanced Acoustic Concepts Inc. of Lemont Furnace, Pa., where she was the business development manager. Among her many accomplishments there, she assisted in procuring millions of dollars of legislative funding, and participated in corporate business development and strategic planning.

From 1994-2002, Omatick was affiliated with Fay-Penn Economic Development Council in Uniontown, Pa. Beginning as an economic development specialist, she strategically moved up through the organization, becoming its director of business development. At Fay-Penn, Omatick secured state funding of more than $10 million over seven years to support development projects in Fayette County.

Omatick holds a master’s degree in geography and regional planning, and a bachelor of science degree in secondary education. She also attended the Harvard-MIT Public Disputes Program, and participated in the American Economic Development Council Business Finance Course and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Course.

Omatick resides in Connellsville with her husband, David, and daughter, Gabrielle. She is also the mother of Brianne Roth of Columbia, Md.

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