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New leader at the Community Arts Center

The Pennsylvania College of Technology has announced James R. Dougherty III as the next executive director of the Community Arts Center, beginning earlier this week.

He takes over the position from Chuck Still, who has been with the center since January 2020.

“The Community Arts Center is a magnificent cultural asset to this region, and I am most grateful for the opportunity to serve the venue, and the college, in this leadership role,” Dougherty said. “I look forward to learning as much as I can from Chuck in the coming weeks and working closely with the local community to further enhance a long-standing relationship that continues to flourish.”

Dougherty has been employed at the college since 2003 and has most recently served as director of computer and media services. He has taught courses at the college in video production, multimedia communications, live broadcasting, narrative filmmaking, digital media editing and web-based media management. He also taught similar classes as an adjunct faculty member at Lycoming College and Bloomsburg University.

He has an extensive background in multimedia production and the performing arts and strong ties in the community, including the Uptown Music Collective and Lycoming Arts. He has performed live and played in studio settings as a drummer and percussionist.

Dougherty earned a bachelor’s of arts in film and media arts from Temple University and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Bloomsburg University.

Patrick Marty, Penn College chief of staff, said that the college is fortunate to have Dougherty’s “passion for the arts, his broad and deep skill set and his track record of leadership success as we continue to secure the long-term sustainability of this vital regional asset.”

Marty added that Dougherty “firmly believes that colleges and universities have a moral responsibility to broadly elevate the cultural cachet of the communities in which they are located–a tenet shared by our president and our board of directors.”

Still will assist with the transition and serve in a consulting role in the coming months, according to information from the college.

The CAC is a wholly-owned subsidiary that merged with the college for administrative purposes in June.

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