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Gnage hired as new CEO at Penn State Mont Alto

November 28, 2001

Gnage hired as new CEO at Penn State Mont Alto


MONT ALTO, Pa. - Penn State Mont Alto has named an administrator from the University of Arizona as its new chief executive officer.

David C. Gnage, 56, was interim dean of Arizona International College, which is the University of Arizona's liberal arts college in Tuscon, Ariz.

He begins his new job Jan. 14 and will be living in nearby Penn National Estates.

"Dr. Gnage has extensive experience in fiscal and administrative affairs, enrollment management and developing academic partnerships," said Diane Disney, dean of Penn State's Commonwealth College. "We are pleased to have someone with his background join our college."


Gnage replaces David Goldenberg, who resigned at the beginning of the spring semester.

Goldenberg left to take a tenured professorship at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Conn., his alma mater. He is teaching math.

William Curley, a former director of continuing education at Penn State Mont Alto, has been temporarily running the campus.

Like Goldenberg, Gnage (pronounced "naggy") comes from a math background.

Gnage earned his bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in math from the State University of New York college in Brockport, N.Y.

He got his master's of business administration from the State University of New York and his doctorate in public administration from Florida Atlantic University.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity to join a quality campus like Mont Alto and work with such a committed group of faculty and staff," Gnage said in a telephone interview.

As interim dean at Arizona International College, Gnage was responsible for the development and oversight of academic and administrative functions and strategic planning.

During his six years there, Gnage also served as vice dean of the college, which put him in charge of fiscal and enrollment management, academic and student assessment and facilities development.

Before that, he held the positions of senior officer for finance and administration and professor of statistics and research methods.

Before moving to Arizona, Gnage spent 13 years at Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

As dean for business affairs, he oversaw $30 million worth of construction on the campus and developed a strategic plan.

He began his higher education career at Genessee Community College in Batavia, N.Y., as an associate professor of math from 1968 to 1974.

From 1974 to 1982, he served as director of academic services and registrar.

Gnage is married to Marie Gnage. Their children are grown and live in Florida.

Gnage said he is impressed with the Commonwealth College's commitment to community outreach, in particular the programs offered at the Chambersburg Mall.

"Those type of things really align with my personal values," he said.

Penn State Mont Alto was founded in 1903 as the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy.

It became part of the university in 1929.

The college offers four bachelor's degrees and eight associate's degrees.

Gnage said he expects to add more four-year degree offerings, although he said it is premature to give specifics.

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