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New leader in place for Thiel College Communication program and James Pedas Communication Center


New leader in place for Thiel College Communication program and James Pedas Communication Center

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Kyle Woody is the new executive director of Thiel College’s James Pedas Communication Center and will serve as the James Pedas Endowed Chair of Communication and Assistant Professor of Communication.

He began March 4. Woody will guide the Department of Media, Communication and Public Relations. Woody will also be responsible for programing at the Pedas Center, the Pedas Fellows student program and facilities that include state-of-the-art radio and television studios as well as a 24-hour computer lab loaded with Adobe Creative Suite software. The Pedas Communication Center, Thiel College’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified building, will celebrate its fifth anniversary this fall. The 20,000 square foot building is also home to classroom and collaborative areas, as well as the College’s Office of Admission.

“I am excited about the possibilities to create student-oriented academic programs,” Woody said. “The James Pedas Communication Center is a building with tremendous potential to develop applied learning environments. I look forward to linking students with real-world learning opportunities and internships. The Pedas Center is a one-of-a-kind facility, the tools there are open to students of all majors and will allow them to find a voice and become the next generation of great communicators. For students to be successful—regardless of their major—they must be able to combine their liberal arts background and theoretical aspects of communication with hands-on internship and career objectives.”

Woody was the program director for Ithaca College’s sports media major. He was responsible for the program and curricular development; student academic and pre-professional advising; experiential-learning placement; prospective student recruitment; and external marketing for the Sports Media Program at the Roy H. Park School of Communications. He led and facilitated the reorganization and relocation of the sports media program/major from the School of Health Sciences & Human Performance to the prestigious Roy H. Park School of Communication. He developed the sports media curriculum (approved by New York State Education Department in June 2017), which is an innovative hybrid of liberal arts and pre-professional developmental courses and quadruple student enrollment in the program during a seven-year period.

“Kyle has experience in program development and leadership and will serve the College well in refining and implementing a College-wide vision for the Pedas Communication Center on campus and in the community,” Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Liz Frombgen, Ph.D., said. “The Pedas Communication Center is a hub at the heart of campus, Kyle’s energy, vision and plan will revitalize the College’s communication program for majors and all students.”

Woody holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from DePauw (Ind.) University, a Master of Science in sports administration from Valparaiso University and is working on his Doctor of Education in leadership and professional practice at Trevecca Nazarene University.

About the James Pedas Communication Center

The 20,000 square foot James Pedas Communication Center is home to the television studio and radio station, the College newspaper, Communication Department and Office of Admissions. The academic spaces in the $6.8 million building include the amphitheater-style Stamm Lecture Hall, flexible classrooms, collaborative areas and a 24-hour computer lab with more than 20 computers.

Trustee emeritus Dr. James Pedas ’50, H’89 provided the lead gift for this project as well as the inspiration and momentum to turn this vision into a reality. Students from all majors benefit from the Pedas Communication Center as they get instruction and guidance on how to incorporate modern communication methods into their professional lives. The Pedas Center was recognized in February 2015 as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certified building for its conservation techniques and commitment to renewable resources.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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