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Council of Trustees Appoints New Officers

July 21, 2014

John Wabby '68 Dr. Charles Blocksidge '65 Tom Heck

 KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Kutztown University Council of Trustees has appointed new officers for the 2014-2015 academic year.

John "Jack" Wabby '68 has been appointed the chair of the trustees, Dr. Charles Blocksidge '65 has been appointed vice chair, and Tom Heck has been appointed secretary.

Wabby had a long career in education after earning his bachelor's degree in special education for the visually handicapped from Kutztown, and completing an M.S. in education at Bucknell University.  He taught in the Saint Clair and Danville school districts and was assistant principal at Williams Valley High School, and principal at Saint Clair and Blue Mountain high schools.

Wabby was a member of the PIAA District 11 Committee from 1978 until 2012, serving as chairman the last 19 years.  He was the treasurer of the PIAA Board of Directors from 1993 until 2012, serving as treasurer the last nine years.  In addition, he was president of the Eastern Football Conference steering committee from 1983-2003, and Schuylkill League president/vice-president from 1977-2004.

Wabby was selected to KU's first Athletic Hall of Fame class for football in 1977.

Wabby has served on the KU Council of Trustees since November 1992 and served as chair of the council from 1998 through 2000.

Blocksidge recently retired as executive director of the workforce alliance and government relations and special projects for the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).

Blocksidge was also CACC's vice president of organizational development and executive assistant to the president.  Prior to CCAC, Blocksidge held administrative positions in a number of school districts, including superintendent and principal of an elementary, middle and high school.  He also worked in county government as the director of budget and finance for Allegheny County.  Additionally, he has taught as a member of the adjunct faculty at CCAC and the Graduate School of Business at Robert Morris University. 

Blocksidge received a bachelor of science in education from Kutztown State College, a master's from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  He also completed additional graduate work at Temple University. 

Blocksidge was inducted into the Kutztown University Athletics Hall of Fame for football in 1979.  He has served on the KU Council of Trustees since 2009.

Heck is the owner of Heck Brothers. With locations in Reading and Wyomissing, Heck Brothers, a third-generation family-owned business, has been a full service florist serving Reading and the Berks County area for 107 years. 

Heck was a member of the KU Foundation Board from July 2002 through June 2011 and has served on the KU Council of Trustees since June 2012.

Each of the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities has an 11-member Council of Trustees, which carries out board policy and deals with a variety of local issues. The council must have at least two alumni members and one student representative. Members of the council are appointed by the governor of Pennsylvania for a six-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The chancellor is an ex-officio member of every individual university Council of Trustees in the State System.