CCBC FOUNDATION APPOINTS LOCAL FINANCIAL LEADERS TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Monaca, PA– Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) announces the appointment of Tod Arbutina and Tom Nist to the CCBC Foundation Board of Directors. Comprised of volunteer business and community leaders who support the strategic plan and advancement of the college, the CCBC Foundation Board is charged with enhancing the educational environment and creating new opportunities for CCBC students, faculty and staff through philanthropy.

Tod Arbutina has spent over 30 years as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and business leader. As a certified financial planner with Big Four experience, Arbutina has been profiled in Kiplinger’s, named one of the “best personal wealth managers in the Pittsburgh area” by Pittsburgh Magazine and has been included in the Guide to America’s Best Financial Planners. Specializing in serving individuals, manufacturers, professional organizations, retail companies, and non-profit clients, Arbutina is on the Marcellus Shale committee for the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is currently the managing shareholder of Cottrill Arbutina, managing member of Cottrill Arbutina Wealth Management Group, LLC, and founder and frequent presenter at Cottrill Arbutina Academy, his firm’s initiative to provide unbiased, independent financial education to the community.

As a lifelong resident of Beaver County, Arbutina graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree and received his MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Tom Nist also has a background in finance, currently serving as Senior Vice President of Huntington Bank’s Private Bank, where he is responsible for meeting the needs of wealth management clients and building market development initiatives across the Western Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley regions. Within this role, he focuses on sales team integration, community development partnerships, operations, and strategic planning. His background in higher education began when he served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Donahue Graduate School of Business at Duquesne University where he assisted the endowed Donahue Chair in Investment Management. At Duquesne, he also taught finance courses in the undergraduate and MBA programs, served on the university’s retirement plan board and developed the student-run Red & Blue Partners investment fund. Nist is a member of the Board of Trustees at Carlow University, served terms as both Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Audit Committee for the River Brass Band and serves on the Pennsylvania Banker Association Advance Banking School Advisory Board.

As a lifetime resident of Western Pennsylvania, Nist has long-served community and arts organizations and has developed financial literacy partnerships with a number of community groups and schools.

“Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with more than $1.5 million in assets, the CCBC Foundation is dedicated to ensuring more students have access to the transformative educational opportunities available at CCBC,” said Kolton Codner, Executive Director of the Foundation and CCBC’s Executive Director of Advancement and Sponsored Programs. “Growing our volunteer Board of Directors with skilled financial experts such as Tod and Tom will allow us to leverage their collective skills and knowledge during the college’s first major gifts campaign and to continue to be good stewards of donors’ gifts and pledges.”

“Expanding Pathways – Achieving Success” is a three-tiered fundraising campaign, aimed at supporting regional success through student learning. With the goal of raising $12 million by June 30, 2022, the Campaign seeks to improve the lives of students by expanding scholarship opportunities, including endowed scholarships, and providing innovative educational pathways. Additionally, the Campaign supports workforce development by ensuring that CCBC continues to develop and refine programs that address short- and- long-term training needs by growing and expanding regional educational opportunities in a variety of high-demand career sectors. Finally, the Campaign supports initiatives that allow CCBC to provide state-of-the-art technology, active learning environments and inspirational campus spaces that are designed to prepare students for success.

Arbutina and Nist will attend their first meeting in October, joining current Foundation Board members Dr. Chris Reber, CCBC President; Chairman George Pacinda, Lincoln Learning Solutions; Vice Chairman Harry Kunselman, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky; Mark Elder, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center; Linda Homyk, Heritage Valley Health Systems; Jeffrey Liberati, ExpressMed; Mark Peterson, WBVP-WMBA Radio and Sound Ideas Media; Harold Reed, Reed, Luce, Tosh, Wolford & Douglas; Fritz Retsch, CCBC Board of Trustees; Stephen Robinson, CCBC Board of Trustees, and Daniel Zeljak, American Airlines.

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About The CCBC Foundation

The CCBC Foundation is a non-profit educational trust established to secure and serve as the steward of donated funds. These funds are used to support students through scholarships and other college-sponsored activities. In all of its efforts, the CCBC Foundation supports the mission, vision, values, and goals of the Community College of Beaver County.

About Community College of Beaver County

CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. The college has an annual enrollment of 6,000 credit and non-credit students. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. In 2017, the Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges.

PHOTO CAPTION: Community College of Beaver County recently appointed local financial leaders Tod Arbutina, managing shareholder of Cottrill Arbutina, and Tom Nist, Senior Vice President of Huntington Bank’s Private Bank, to the CCBC Foundation’s Board of Directors.