The Keystone College Board of Trustees has announced that John F. Pullo, Sr. will become the college’s interim president, effective July 30, 2022.
“John Pullo is the ideal interim president for Keystone College,” said Board of Trustees Chair James C. Clark. “A true Keystonian in every sense of the word, he is extraordinarily knowledgeable about Keystone, our people, and our plans and vision for the future. We welcome him as we begin a national search for this important position.”
A 1969 Keystone alumnus, Mr. Pullo is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees and served as Board Chair from 2018 to 2020. He is founder and CEO of Chartwell Strategies, LLC, a strategic advisory services and consulting firm formed in 2018.
“I am so grateful to the Board of Trustees and the entire Keystone community for their support as I begin serving as interim president of this great college later this summer.”
-John Pullo, Sr.
Prior to founding Chartwell, he was employed for 35 years at Gentex Corporation, a world leader in personal protection for defense and security personnel, where he held a variety of senior positions in business leadership, corporate development, research and development, business development, and operations.
Mr. Pullo’s industry experience prior to Gentex includes 12 years with the Swedish conglomerate Sandvik AB, where he held key management positions at both the corporate and divisional levels.
He also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wilkes University and a master of business administration with a concentration in operations management from the University of Scranton. He received a master’s degree in technology management from the University of Pennsylvania conferred jointly by the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Wharton School.
Mr. Pullo also serves on the Board of Directors at WVIA, a public media and PBS affiliate serving northeastern and central Pennsylvania. As part of a long history of service in Pennsylvania economic development affairs, he is Chairman of the Board at the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center, a regional business incubator serving northern Lackawanna County, and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Abington Regional Wastewater Authority.
Keystone will begin a national search for its next president later this summer. Keystone’s current president, Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D., previously announced she will be leaving Keystone on July 29 to serve as president of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton, Ga.
“I am so grateful to the Board of Trustees and the entire Keystone community for their support as I begin serving as interim president of this great college later this summer,” Mr. Pullo said. “I want to thank Dr. Tracy Brundage for the excellent job she has done at Keystone during her presidency and I look forward to working with her in the coming weeks before I begin my position in earnest on July 30.”
Mr. Pullo and his wife, Angela, reside in Clarks Summit, and have a son, John Jr., also residing in Clarks Summit with his wife and daughter.
With the lowest tuition of any private college in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Keystone offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree options in liberal arts and science-based programs in business, communications, education, natural science, environmental science, and social sciences. Located 15 minutes from Scranton, Pa. and two hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Keystone is known for small class sizes and individual attention focused on student success through internships, research, and community involvement.