Alumni Award Winners
2017 Alumni Award Winners
Dr. Daniel J. McFarland '85 - Professional Achievement Award
Before joining Rowan University in 2002, Dr. McFarland worked for a division of Ford Motor Company and a division of FMC Corporation for over a decade. He currently serves as the Associate Dean for the Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.
In academia, Dr. McFarland has been honored with a numerous teaching, advising, leadership, and innovation awards. In addition to his Associate's of Arts degree from Bucks County Community College, he holds a Bachelor's of Science in Commerce & Engineering, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University. He attributes many of his professional successes to the solid educational foundation he obtained at Bucks.
Cheryl Campbell '13 - Community Service Award
As an entrepreneur with a passion for working with children, Cheryl Campbell graduated from Bucks County Community College in 2013 with an Associate's of Arts degree. While working for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22, she founded her own 501(c)(3) called The Christmas Gala, a non-profit organization that serves low income senior citizens throughout Bucks County. Starting the organization out of her living room, Ms. Campbell has since taken the organization to its own office space in Bristol, Pa., and recruited more than 40 volunteers as the full-time executive director.
Bernard J. Wagenseller '89 - Alumni Association President's Distinguished Service Award
Bernard Wagenseller enjoyed a 20 year career in the HVAC industry before beginning his second career in education. While working days as a contractor, Mr. Wagenseller continued his education at night, earning an Associate's of Arts degree from Bucks County Community College, a Bachelor's degree in Literature from Thomas Edison State University, and a Master's degree in Education from Holy Family University.
In 2012, he was hired as the Executive Director of the Upper Bucks County Technical School, which serves Pennridge, Quakertown, and Palisades School Districts. Under his leadership, the technical school has undergone a $23 million campus renovation project, increased enrollment by 22%, and collaborated with Bucks to design a new Technical Entrepreneurship Degree Program.
2016 Alumni Award Winners
John Brown '73 - Professional Achievement Award
John enjoyed a 44 year radio career in Philadelphia and Chicago. A recipient of the Variety Club's Lifetime Achievement award, John was named Philly's Best Traffic Reporter four times and Best Weathercaster twice. He also was awarded the Philadelphia Milestone in Radio Award for his 30 plus years of contributions to the radio arts in Philadelphia. John has also been honored by the Chicago Red Cross for his fundraising efforts.
John co-authored, with his wife Donna, the award winning book "Why Not? Conquering the Road Less Traveled". A book about growing up disabled and still having a successful career, their book Readers' Favorite award winner and their 5 star rating.
John obtained his bachelors from Mississippi State University in Broadcast Meteorology/Geosciences. He has been married for 37 years to his wife, Donna Goldberg Brown, and lives in Rosemont, Pa.
Peter Smith '86 - Community Service Award
Peter graduated from Bucks County Community College in 1986 with an Associate of Arts degree, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University in 1988, and received his J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law in 1991. Pete is a business lawyer and partner with the law firm of Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC, with offices in Huntingdon Valley, PA and Chalfont, PA. As a business lawyer, Pete has experience with start-up ventures, family-owned businesses, limited liability companies and 501(c)(3) public charities. He also represents individuals and families in estate and business succession planning and real estate matters. Pete has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer,® a Philadelphia Top-Rated Lawyer® and an Awesome Attorney.®
In addition to his legal practice, Pete serves as the President, and is a member of the Board of Directors, of the Business Network Group, as well as a member and former Director of the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. He has taught as an adjunct professor in the Legal Studies Department at Temple University, Fox School of Business. Pete regularly writes and speaks on business and law related topics. When not hard at work, Pete enjoys time with his wife and three daughters. He lives in Wrightstown and is very active in his community and church.
Alan Fetterman '98 - AA President's Distinguished Service Award
Alan is a highly recognized and award-winning American artist, produces work sought and collected for continuing the Pennsylvania and Bucks County impressionist and plein air traditions. As a painter, sculptor, and poet, he's traveled extensively throughout the Americas and abroad, living and learning cultural values and old-world aesthetics.
As a Kay scholar with a degree in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and also a graduate from Bucks County Community College with a degree in American Studies, Alan transfers knowledge into art. He carries a personal and endearing connection to the rolling landscapes of Pennsylvania, especially those of Bucks County, where he lives.
Alan's been featured in 35+ solo-exhibitions throughout the region and showcased various creations in over 150 art galleries in places diverse as Carmel, California, Curitiba, Brazil, and Vero Beach, Florida.
2015 Alumni Award Winners
Jim Bishop '77 - Professional Achievement Award
As a teenager, Jim knew what he wanted to do in life: own and operate his own health club to help improve the lives of others. From a young age he always wanted to make a healthy impact on his community.
Like hundreds of thousands of others, he began to pursue those dreams by enrolling at Bucks County Community College, where he attended for two years for its convenient location and affordable tuition. Jim then earned a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.
After working in many aspects of the health club industry for 14 years, his dreams became reality in 1995 when he opened the first Cornerstone Club. His business has since grown to a team of more than 350 employees at three health clubs, a Pilates and yoga studio, a Center for Wellbeing, and a full-service day spa, all located in the heart of Bucks County. He's fulfilling his dream to motivate people to take control of their own health in order to live happier, higher quality lives.
Jim, who is married with four grown children, resides in Holland.
Brandon McFadden '03 - Community Service Award
Brandon has been in banking for over 10 years, mainly in the sales and wealth management areas. Brandon is currently the Vice President, Sales Director at PNC Wealth Management in Doylestown. After graduating from Bucks, Brandon completed his Bachelors of Science in Economics at Strayer University and later obtained his Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Holy Family University.
Brandon has been involved with several Bucks County organizations including the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce, where he is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Bucks County Community College Foundation's Planned Giving Advisory Board, the Bucks County Estate Planning Council, Pennsbury Manor Board of Directors, and the Pennsbury Athletic Association. Brandon was also recognized by the Bucks County Courier Times for his leadership and community service as part of the paper's annual 40 Under 40 recognition.
Brandon resides in Yardley with his wife and two children.
Jim Sell '83 - AA President's Distinguished Service Award
James has been an administrator in higher education for over 28 years, having worked in a variety of positions at Bucks County Community College's Newtown and Bristol locations and at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Jim is currently the Executive Director of Bucks' Lower Bucks Campus. After graduating from Bucks, Jim transferred to Temple University to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and later a Master's in Education. In addition to his role as an administrator, Jim has taught a variety of academic courses at Bucks and serves on numerous community boards including the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County, the Lower Bucks Hospital, the Rotary Club of Bristol and the Silver Lake Nature Center. He is also a member of the Community Advisory Council at Dow Chemical in Bristol.
Jim resides in Bristol Borough with his wife Kelly and has two daughters, Laura and Diana.