By RICHARD F. BELISLE
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
MONT ALTO, Pa. - Penn State Mont Alto kicked off its 1997 academic year Wednesday with a bunch of firsts, including its first four-year degree program, first Founders Convocation and a brand new president.
David Goldenberg was hired as the 11th chief executive officer to head the college since it opened in 1903. It started out as the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy on a 19,000-acre plot owned by the Mont Alto Iron Company. The school merged with Penn State in 1929. For years after that, all forestry students spent their first year at Mont Alto.
"As we start this new academic year, enormous change has already taken place that fundamentally alters the manner in which higher education will be provided in the Commonwealth," Goldenberg told faculty and students assembled in the college gym for the convocation.