NCC Winter 2018 Commencement Speaker was Mayor Panto
Salvatore J. Panto, Jr., mayor of Easton, will be the Northampton Community College (NCC) winter 2018 commencement speaker. The ceremony takes place on Saturday, January 27, at 11 a.m. at the Arthur L. Spartan Center, Bethlehem Campus.
Unopposed in the 2015 election, Mayor Panto began his third consecutive term in January 2016. In November 2011 he was re-elected mayor, capturing 80% of the votes and sweeping every ward in the city. He also served two terms as mayor from 1984-1992 when he was elected at the age of 31, Easton's youngest mayor.
Mayor Panto is the recipient of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Government Official of the Year Award and the UNICO Public Service Award. Currently, he serves as president of the Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML). Mayor Panto was a founder of the PML's Penn PRIME municipal insurance trust and served as its first chairman. He is an active member of the United States Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, where he serves on the national board of directors and as chairman of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. He also serves on the board of trustees of Easton Hospital and is involved in several other organizations.
Mayor Panto received his bachelor's degree from Kutztown University, his master's degree from Lehigh University, and an honorary doctorate degree in public service from Lafayette College.
This spring, Northampton Community College's Easton Educational Outreach Center will open in the heart of downtown Easton at 25 South 3rd Street, one block south of Centre Square on the corner of Third and Pine. Non-credit offerings slated to be offered initially include nurse aide, home health aide, first aid, CPR, medical secretary, cooking, computer technology and various safety courses. In addition, youth programming and summer camp programs are planned.