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Commencement services to be held at Penn State Fayette May 16

Douglas J. Leech Jr.
4/30/2009 —
Commencement services for Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus will be held May 16, beginning at 10 a.m. in the main arena of the campus’ Community Center. Some 140 graduates are expected to participate.

The commencement speaker will be Douglas J. Leech Jr., Penn State alumnus and founder, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Centra Financial Holdings Inc. and Centra Bank Inc., formed in 1999 as a community-centered banking company. An honors graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Leech and the company he founded received national attention in 2007 and 2008, when both Entrepreneur and Inc. magazines ranked Centra Bank as a top performer in their respective lists of the nation’s fastest-growing companies. Leech also has appeared on Fox News, NBC News, National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and several other national and international media sources as the first banker in the country to return the United States Treasury’s TARP funding, which banks throughout the nation received as part of the Economic Stimulus package.

Leech has held leadership positions in more than 30 organizations and has been recognized many times for his contributions and accomplishments. Through the years, he has made it a priority to assist and get involved in activities that lead to the betterment of the local community. In 2008, Leech was presented the “Outstanding Alumnus of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus Award.” He has been a member of the Board of Directors-Schreyer Honors College, the Pennsylvania State University, since 2003.

Penn State associate professor of English Dr. Beverly Peterson will be the commencement marshal.
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