John F. Pullo, Sr. was named the twelfth president of Keystone College on May 19, 2023, becoming the first alumnus to serve as president. Mr. Pullo served as interim president for the 2022-23 academic year.
“I am deeply honored to be elected as Keystone College’s 12th president,” Mr. Pullo said. “In many ways, this is the culmination of a lifelong journey that started with this exceptional institution. This is an uncommon opportunity to serve an institution I care deeply about, and I now find myself doing some of the most rewarding work of my career. I am grateful to the Board and the entire College community for their trust and confidence.”
“Higher education is at an unprecedented crossroads, with challenges in access, affordability, and even the relevance of a college education,” Mr. Pullo continued. “Student debt is at historic levels. The path to creating value is providing workable solutions for the entire spectrum of learners, from certificate programs to get that first job to traditional undergraduates to adults and professionals seeking degree completion and advanced instruction. Agility is the key. While the current pressures on higher education require us to be more innovative, a well-rounded education coupled with career and life preparation still matters and will remain the hallmark of a Keystone education.”
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.
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 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Abington Regional Wastewater Authority.
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.
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President John F. Pullo, Sr. ’69 was featured in the August 2023 issue of Happenings Magazine. Click here to view the article. More News
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Keystone College’s new president is a familiar face — an alumnus and board trustee who served as the college’s interim president for the past year. John F. Pullo Sr. took the helm May 20, when his first order of business was presiding during Keystone’s 152nd...