by Bruce A. Palmer '77, CPA
As chair of the NCC Foundation Board, an officer of the Board of Trustees and an emeritus member of the Alumni Association Board, I look back fondly on my experience as a student at NCC from 1975-1977. Several professors made a huge impact on my learning experience and future career, including Dan Bayak, Earl Page, Sandy Preis, Mark Allinson and Dan Larimer.
Back then I was shy and quiet. After obtaining degrees in accounting from NCC and Kutztown University, I became a CPA and shareholder in the regional accounting firm Buckno Lisicky and Company. I also got involved in community organizations, usually in leadership positions, growing my confidence and honing my business skills.
We also now have a Foundation that manages an endowment worth almost $30 million. The Foundation supports scholarships, faculty development, capital projects, and helps NCC fulfill its mission of access, engagement and excellence. We are truly blessed to have dynamic Foundation board members and a dedicated development staff that make this possible.
The original funding concept for NCC involved equal funding from the state, sponsoring school districts and student tuition. The current budget which totals about $80 million is actually supported as follows:
|Sponsoring school districts
|Gift, Grants, Independent Operations
|Student Tuition & Fees
Given the current economic situation, NCC cannot much expect additional support from the state or sponsoring school districts. To keep tuition affordable and to serve the community as NCC has done in the past, we are going to have to rely more than ever on all of you for grants, donations, sponsorships, and other financial support.
There is a line in our alma mater about "ever-changing, yet ever the same." NCC has obviously evolved and grown over 45 years, but has maintained the same personal and caring approach I experienced as a student decades ago. This is embodied in a mantra known as "The Northampton Way," which all of those involved at NCC live and breathe. It is a standard of excellence that implies going above and beyond the call of duty to perform at the highest level to ensure student success.
I invite all of you who have benefited from your experience at Northampton plus those who understand and believe in our mission to join with us to create an even greater success story when we celebrate 50 years in 2017!