Tuesday Stanley, Ed. D. was appointed the seventh president of Westmoreland County Community College by the college’s board of trustees April 23, 2014.
During her tenure as the college's first female president, Westmoreland has been awarded a Title III, $2.5 million grant to strengthen online educational services and student services to ensure a full spectrum of services to all of the communities the college serves, Westmoreland, Indiana and Fayette counties in Pennsylvania.
In addition, the college enacted a new three-year strategic plan which called for upgrading technology across the college locations, investing in employees through professional development and using data to drive decisions. This plan concluded successfully with 89% of the initiatives progressing to plan or fully complete. The college then launched a new strategic plan in 2020 and continued with the Balanced Scorecard approach. The plan focuses on 4 main perspectives: Customer, Internal Business Process, Employee Learning and Growth, and Financial.
Stanley led Westmoreland's Investing in Our Ambitious Journey campaign which was the leading driver of corporate, private foundation and individual support for the construction and renovation projects that have transformed the Youngwood campus. In raising $6.5 million, the results of the Ambitious Journey campaign exceeded the goal of $5 million. This capital campaign was also record breaking in the number of major gifts resulting in naming opportunities. In total, nine areas of the Youngwood campus were named after major donors, committing over $800,000.
The college cut the ribbon on an addition to the Science Innovation Center on the college’s Youngwood campus in 2018. This new addition created student space for studying and interacting with faculty and each other, integrated learning in lectures and labs and infused technology in the pedagogy.
The college went on to cut the ribbon on Phase 1 of renovations to the Student Achievement Center, formerly known as Founders Hall, on the Youngwood campus in the Fall of 2019. The next phase included the creation of the enrollment center for one-stop student services, reimagined the library into a high tech space, co-located the faculty with each other and students and designed student areas for studying and interacting with each other. In the fall of 2020, the final phase of the renovations were completed and the ribbon was cut on the event center, board room, Career Connections Center, and the Tutoring and Learning Services area.
Stanley has also led the college in multiple revenue ventures. In 2019, Tronix3D opened offices in the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) and employs multiple Westmoreland graduates. In 2020 Excelicut opened in the ATC. In December, 2020, Westmoreland opened a new Event Center which strategically provides another new revenue source for the college by expanding rental services.
In March 2020, the college began celebrating their 50th Anniversary. A year of celebrations was planned but many have been paused due to COVID-19 restrictions. As COVID-19 guidelines were put in place at a state level, Stanley, along with faculty, staff and leadership led a college-wide move to remote learning in less than a week. The college continues to successfully keep focus on graduating students and filling the workforce demands that continue in the county and the region.
As president, Stanley has also worked with faculty and administration to add several new academic programs, expand educational opportunities for high school students and grow transfer opportunities with regional 4-year universities and colleges. In December, 2020, Stanley joined the administration team and faculty to create a dual admissions agreement with Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In February of 2021, the college signed another dual admission agreement with Robert Morris University. The agreements are designed to streamline the process for students who earn an associate degree at Westmoreland to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Stanley previously worked in Kansas City, Missouri as a Vice Chancellor and in Texas and New Jersey in higher education. She worked in banking, manufacturing and has taught at the collegiate level. She holds a doctorate in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in business administration from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University. She also has a certificate from Harvard University’s Institute for Higher Education and a certificate in bank marketing.
She serves on the board of directors of the Economic Growth Connection, Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board, Challenger Learning Center, Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce, Westmoreland Museum of American Art and the advisory board for HERDI, Higher Education Research & Development Institute. She is a member of the Westmoreland County Forum for Workforce Development, Westmoreland Cultural Trust and the Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee.