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In late 1989, Samuel McCullough, Chairman of Meridian Bancorp, asked 23 business leaders to join him in identifying issues important to the Berks business community. Education was on everyone's list. A committee of four of Berks County's most prominent business leaders began addressing the ways that business could improve educational, vocational and skills training programs in Berks County schools. After a series of meetings, they formed the Berks Business Education Coalition (BBEC), naming Paul Roedel, retired chairman and CEO of Carpenter Technology Corporation, as chair.

In 1992, the BBEC incorporated as a non-profit organization. The Board of Directors represents both local businesses and educators from public, private and higher education institutions.


To coordinate the resources of the business community in partnership with the education community, toward selective initiatives which will improve student competency.

  • Career Pathways is one such initiative - designed to help students explore and make career choices.
  • The BBEC has worked to develop Berks County's Career Pathways model. This website is a result of that effort.

Executive Director

Dr. Robert Runkle


Marlin Miller, Jr., Chairman
Dr. Nancy Allmon, Vice Chairman
Paul R. Roedel, Treasurer
Alan J. Ottinger, Secretary


Richard Bashore
Dr. Thomas Chapman
Dr. Nicholas Corbo
John D. Craig
Rhoda Dersh
Paul Eaken
Phillip Fromuth
Fred D. Hafer
Brian Hard
Ellen Horan
Dr. Richard A. Kratz
Dr. Solomon Lausch
Sally Miksiewicz
Alan Ottinger
Dr. Susan Phillips Speece
Dr. Robert A. Runkle
Rolf D. Schmidt
Steve Schumacher
Bruce G. Smith
Dave Trego
Robert Williams
Dr. Brenda Winkler
Chet Winters
Scott Wolfe
Dr. Jeffrey F. Zackon

Non-Voting Members

Dr. Paula Christenson

Directors Emeritus

Charles Sullivan
Dr. Rogert S. Hertz
Carolyn R. Holleran
John F. Horrigan, Jr.
Dr. James E. Morrell
Dr. Gust Zogas
Edward L. Phillips, Ph.D.


If you would like to become a member of the Berks Business Education Coalition contact us:

Berks Business Education Coalition
960 Old Mill Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Telephone: (610) 372-6114
Fax: (610) 372-7626
E-mail: bbec@berksbec.org

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