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Thiel Honors Convocation to recognize students and Hermitage businessman Frangakis


Thiel Honors Convocation to recognize students and Hermitage businessman Frangakis

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Hermitage businessman John R. Frangakis will be awarded an honorary degree as part of Thiel College’s 2019 Academic Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

Academic Honors Convocation has been celebrated at Thiel College annually since 1928. The event marks the academic accomplishments of Thiel College’s top students. Members of the top academic honorary society, Alpha Chi, will be recognized as will the achievements in scholarship, leadership, and innovation by other students. New this year will be the announcement of the sorority and fraternity with the top grade point average.

“Academic Honors Convocation is an important opportunity to recognize members of our campus community who embody the spirit of scholarship, creativity and engagement,” Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., said. “The students being honored reflect what can be achieved through curiosity and motivation. It is for those same qualities that we recognize John Frangakis, a remarkable entrepreneur and leader in our region.”

Frangakis was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2008–2017 and will return to the board on Saturday, Feb. 9. Frangakis was the chairperson of the 2016 Presidential Search Committee. He was a trustee during the College’s Thiel 2016 Capital Campaign, which raised more than $60 million. Frangakis is chairman and chief executive officer of Reynolds Service Inc. and chief executive officer of Cross IT Services & Solutions, LLC. Frangakis is also active with The Frangakis Family Charitable Foundation Trust, founded by John’s parents, F. John and Joyce E. Frangakis. The trust is dedicated to improving the communities in which they work and live in by influencing positive change for current and future generations.

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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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