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Stephen J. Jones named Chair of Moravian College President's Advisory Council

Steven JonesBethlehem, Pa., February 23, 2011 -- Stephen J. Jones, a senior vice president and general manager of Tonnage Gases, Equipment and Energy at Air Products, will chair the President's Advisory Council at Moravian College. Jones agreed to succeed Elmer Gates who previously served as chair and helped originate the group over a year ago. The council is comprised of leading business executives who meet to talk with President Christopher M. Thomforde on strengthening Moravian College's presence in the business community in the Lehigh Valley.

"I am delighted to chair the Moravian College President's Advisory Council," said Jones. "I believe that President Thomforde and the entire Moravian College community are creating an environment that allows students to reach their full potential as individuals while benefiting from a supportive learning community. It is a great environment and I am glad to be part of it. I look forward to working with the President, his staff and the other members of the Advisory Council."

Stephen J. Jones was appointed senior vice president and general manager, Tonnage Gases, Equipment and Energy, in April 2009. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategy for Air Products' global tonnage, equipment and energy businesses. In addition, Mr. Jones assumed leadership responsibility for the company's Technology and Environment, Health, Safety and Quality organizations in February 2010. He is a member of the company's Corporate Executive Committee. For a complete bio on Jones, visit Air Products Website.

"I am very grateful for the time and participation of the members of this council," said Christopher M. Thomforde. "I thank Elmer for getting the council started and developing such a wonderful group. It is a testament to the impact of the College and its graduates, many who remain and work in the Lehigh Valley, that Moravian can attract such an impressive group of individuals to inform our marketing efforts. Their business acumen will help us market the great value of Moravian College, which will benefit both the College and the community. And I am very much looking forward to working with Steve moving forward."

Other members of the council include Jan Heller, regional president, Wachovia Banking; David Lobach, Jr. chairman and CEO, Embassy Bank for the Lehigh Valley; Mike Gausling, managing partner, Originate Ventures; James Miller, chairman, president, CEO, PPL; Ken Rampolla, owner of RMI and a Moravian College Trustee; and Elmer Gates, lead director, Embassy Bank, who remains as a member of the council.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College's Web site at www.moravian.edu.