Erie, Pa. – Mayor Joseph V. Schember will be the keynote speaker when Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., recognizes the graduates of the Class of 2018 at Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. in the Hammermill Center.
On Jan. 2, 2018, Schember was sworn in as the 48th Mayor of Erie, Pa.
A lifelong Erie resident, Schember spent high school and the first 2 years of college at St. Mark’s Seminary, studying to become a Catholic priest. After deciding against becoming a priest, he completed his undergraduate degree in English at Gannon University. He went on to obtain a master’s degree in English from the University of Dayton.
After teaching at Elk County Christian High School in St. Mary’s, Pa. for two years, Schember returned to Erie and began a career in banking at Marine Bank, which became PNC Bank. Starting as a teller, he attended classes at Gannon University to obtain a master’s in business management from Gannon University.
A dedicated teacher, Schember spent 30 years teaching summer banking classes for the PA Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association at Bucknell, Georgetown, PENN and Penn State Universities. He also used those skills to write and deliver bank training classes, radio and television spots.
From teller to a regional manager responsible for all 53 branches in Northwest Pa., his reputation for skilled management grew. His final years with the bank were spent as a relationship manager in the Wealth Management Group. What Schember loved about banking is that it is a “people business.” That is why he spent 40 years in various banking roles.
In an effort to give back to the community, Schember served as a member of Erie City Council for five and a half years. During this time, he chaired the Finance Committee and was active in guiding decisions that would help the city’s finances.
Now, as Mayor, Schember is working hard to Build Opportunity, Restore Hope and Transform Erie for future generations. By listening and collaborating, he is tackling the tough and complex issues facing this city and region. Whether it is through neighborhood meetings, door-to-door visits or professional gatherings, he is meeting with community leaders, educators, life-long residents, transplants, immigrants, refugees and anyone who lives in the Erie Region. Mayor Schember is committed to being open, honest and transparent.
Schember fell in love with his wife, Rhonda Mahoney Schember, at age 19. The Schembers are very close with their three children, Jaime, Jodi and Joe.
About Gannon University:
Gannon University is a Catholic, diocesan university with campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Ruskin, Florida, offering online and traditional associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs to more than 4,000 academically talented and diverse students.
Gannon University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Inspired by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, the University offers a comprehensive, values-centered learning experience that emphasizes faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility.