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Bethlehem, Pa., May 22, 2012—Alumnus and Trustee Kenneth J. Rampolla ’79, president and chief executive officer of Responsive Marketing, Inc., Hellertown, Pa., has been named chair-elect of the Moravian College Board of Trustees. Rampolla will succeed Lyn Trodahl Chynoweth ’68 as chairman of the Board during the Board’s meeting in April of 2013. Chynoweth will step down after six years of exceptional leadership.
In becoming chair of the Board, Rampolla will relinquish his position as chair of the development committee of the Board. However, he will remain as chair of the Campaign for Moravian, the first public comprehensive capital campaign in the history of Moravian College.
“Private education is under tremendous scrutiny today and the high cost of education is a prime issue,” Rampolla said of accepting the position of Board chair-elect. “We must look to reconfigure educational institutions and adapt in order to support the future needs of our students. In addition, alumni must begin to think of support to their institution as one of the privileges of education and a responsibility of paying back those who gave before them. This is the only way to perpetuate the gift of a college education.”
“I am delighted that Ken has been elected chair of the Moravian College Board of Trustees, and I look forward to working with him,” said Christopher M. Thomforde, president of Moravian College. “Ken represents so much that is good about Moravian. His educational experience here was transformational. He was an excellent athlete. He is a business leader in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. He is devoted to his family. He loves Moravian. He has proven himself to be a committed and effective member of the Board.”
Chynoweth has served as chairman of the College Board of Trustees since October 2007. Prior to her appointment, she served as chair of the Seminary Board of Trustees, during which she chaired the presidential search committee for the hiring of President Christopher Thomforde. During her tenure as College chair, she led the strategic planning process which saw many improvements to both the academic program and campus facilities.
Among the recent additions to the academic program are the new Advancing Into Moravian (AIM Program), and new Master of Science degrees in nursing and in human resource management. She oversaw the completion of Hurd Integrated Living and Learning Community (The HILL) in partnership with the Bethlehem Area Moravians. She directed other campus improvements in response to student feedback, including renovations to the Haupert Union Building, the addition of the new state-of-the-art fitness facility, and improvements to residence halls.
Her leadership guided the introduction of Moravian Theological Seminary’s successful capital campaign and significant renovations to the Bahnson Center. More recently, she aided the College in launching its first comprehensive capital campaign, which is now underway.
“Lyn Chynoweth has served both the College and the Seminary as chair of their Boards of Trustees in an exemplary manner,” commended President Thomforde. “I have worked with several Board chairs over the years and Lyn is the best. She challenges the Board to think about the most important strategic issues facing us. She encourages and supports the administration in their work. No one works harder than she does to advance the missions of the College and the Seminary. She loves Moravian!”
Chynoweth is a retired management consultant for IBM, and has continuously committed her time and talents to benefit Moravian. She was elected to the College Board of Trustees in 1991. In 2000, she became chair of the Board of the Moravian Theological Seminary and was vice-chair of the joint Board of Trustees. Her service to the College also includes membership in the Moravian Alumni Association Board of Directors. In addition to providing leadership at Moravian, Chynoweth serves as the chair of the Council of Board Chairs that provides guidance to the Association of Governing Boards and its president. She has written several articles for Trusteeship magazine, and has co-facilitated workshops for new board chairs.
“I leave this post with a sense of accomplishment, despite the fact that my tenure has been colored largely by the economic downturn. We are not immune from the challenges that all institutions have experienced in the last few years. My consulting experience has helped us put plans in place to help weather the storm, but the storm isn’t over. The processes and policies that we have put in place will allow Moravian to grow stronger,” says Chynoweth. “I look forward to working closely with Ken as we make this transition. His commitment to the Institution has been visible in word and deed. His leadership will unquestionably strengthen this institution.”
Rampolla, a first generation student who earned a B.A. in economics from Moravian, has been an active alumnus, critical to the success of a variety of College initiatives, such as the Steel Field Campaign, which raised funds to renovate Moravian’s athletic complex, of which he was co-chair. He helped found the Blue & Grey Club, which supports all College athletic programs, and he received the Gillespie Award in 2006 for his contributions to the athletic program at the College.
During his time as a student at Moravian, Rampolla was a four-year letter-winner on the football team, starting all four years at linebacker and winning the NCAA Scholar-Athlete award in 1979. Rampolla received the Robert M. Herbstman Award at the 2010 Moravian College Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.
In addition to serving as a Trustee for four years, Rampolla is past president of Moravian’s Lehigh Valley Alumni Club. He and his wife Anne (McCandless) Rampolla ’79, also served as chairs of the Comenius Giving Society. The couple lives in Bethlehem, and has two grown children.
Rampolla is active in his community as well, serving with several social service agencies such as the Bethlehem Boys’ Club, Child Advocacy of Lehigh Valley, Children’s Home of Easton, and Historic Bethlehem Society.
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.