Gannon Alumnus Retires as President of the University of Phoenix

WIlliam_PepicelloPosted: September 12, 2013

Gannon University alumnus William J. Pepicello, Ph.D., is retiring as president of the University of Phoenix, one of the largest higher-education providers in North America. Pepicello, a 1973 Gannon graduate with a degree in classics, notified the University of Phoenix board of trustees Sept. 4 that he will step down once his successor is hired.

Pepicello spent seven of his 20 years at Phoenix as the institution's sixth president. Phoenix has more than 100 locations and is a pioneer in online classes.

Pepicello, who also owns a master's and a doctorate degree from Brown University, worked at four other institutions prior to beginning his tenure at the University of Phoenix in 1995. He served in a variety of leadership roles at Phoenix, including provost, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the School of Advanced Studies. Pepicello was the president of the University of Sarasota, and assisted in the institution's transition to what is today known as Argosy University.

Three of the eight Gannon graduates who are college presidents stepped down this year and two others signed with schools. The eight include Anthony DiGiorgio, Ph.D., (Class of 1963), who retired after 24 years as the president of Winthrop University; Timothy Flanagan, Ph.D. (Class of 1973), who was hired as the president at Illinois State University after serving as the president of Framingham State University since 2006; Bradley Davis, J.D. (Class of 1997), who had his yearlong interim tag removed and signed a three-year contract as the president of West Valley College; David Szczerbacki, Ph.D., (Class of 1973), who stepped down as president at the College of Saint Rose; Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D. (Class of 1972), the president at Mercyhurst University; Ronald J. Volpe, Ph.D. (Class of 1967), the president at Hood College; and Lou Agnese (Class of 1974), president at the University of the Incarnate Word.