Fall 2011 Commencement Speaker Announced

Penn State Schuylkill will be holding Fall 2011 graduation on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gymnasium, Lower Level of the Health and Wellness Building.  Allen Kiefer will be the keynote speaker.

Allen Kiefer has a long and distinguished career in banking and finance.  His banking career began over 30 years ago starting in a small community bank as a trainee and subsequently attaining positions as a cashier, investment officer, trust department manager, and president and CEO.

Mr. Kiefer is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an Investment Advisor. In 2000, he formed Kiefer Investment Services, an investment advisory and money management firm, specializing in wealth creation, growth and retention through asset allocation. The firm also offers brokerage and insurance services.

 Mr. Kiefer's military background includes serving in the US Army as a First Lieutenant.  His service included the position of Division Medical Supply Officer, 9th Infantry Division, Vietnam.  He was awarded the Combat Medical Badge, Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal.

Mr. Keifer began his post-secondary education at the Penn State Schuylkill Campus.  He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics in 1965. He also attended The Graduate School of Business Administration at Temple University and completed specialized banking courses at Bucknell University, Mellon Bank, Duke University, and the University of Wisconsin.

Mr. Kiefer proudly serves on many community organization boards. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Schuylkill Health System, the President of the Penn State Schuylkill Advisory Board, and a member of the Rotary Club of Pottsville. He has previously served as Campaign Chairman for Schuylkill United Way and Co-chairman for the Ciletti Library Campaign at Penn State Schuylkill.