Dr. Tuesday Stanley joined Westmoreland County Community College in 2014 as the first female president of the 52-year-old institution.
The college 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 calls 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 four main perspectives: Customer, Internal Business Process, Employee Learning and Growth, and Financial.
The college held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new science lab addition to the Science Innovation Center on the college’s Youngwood campus. The new space created student areas for studying and interacting with faculty and each other, integrated learning in lecture and lab and infused technology in the pedagogy.
The college went on to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Phase 1 renovations to the Student Achievement Center, formerly known as Founders Hall, at the Youngwood campus in the fall of 2019. This space creates an enrollment center for one-stop student services, reimagines the library into a high-tech space, co-locates the faculty with each other and students, and houses student areas for studying and interacting with each other. In the fall of 2020, the final phase of the renovations were completed and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Board Room, Career Connections Center, and the Tutoring and Learning Services area was held.
In December 2020, Westmoreland opened a new Event Center, which strategically provided a new revenue source for the college by expanding rental services. Dr. Stanley has also led the efforts to open up rental space for local start up companies like Agile Additive (formerly known as Tronix 3D) in 2019 and Excelicut in 2020.
Under Stanley’s leadership in 2022, the Westmoreland team secured a part in the Build Back Better Grant for Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics. This grant represents a truly systemic approach in the region to help create opportunities for workers and employers in the growing area of Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics. Following this grant, Westmoreland also secured a Build Back Better grant for creating a Makerspace. In a highly competitive process, Westmoreland landed the grant to work alongside several groups including Carnegie Mellon, ARM Institute (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing), RIDC Westmoreland County (Regional Industrial Development Corporation) and Innovation Works.
In addition to the college’s food pantry, 2023 kicked off with the opening of the Center for Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. It was soon followed by the opening of a Career Closet and an Advocacy Center. All three openings focus on the success of students inside and outside the classroom.
Stanley currently serves as the executive committee chair for the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC) Board of Directors. She also serves on the board of directors of the Economic Growth Connection, Westmoreland Cultural Trust, Indiana County Chamber of Commerce, Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board, Challenger Learning Center, Westmoreland Museum of American Art and the advisory board for HERDI, Higher Education Research & Development Institute. She is chair of the Westmoreland County Forum for Workforce Development.
Dr. Stanley previously worked in Kansas City, Missouri as a Vice Chancellor, and in Texas and New Jersey in higher education. She’s 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 degree in business administration from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University. She also has a certificate from the Harvard University Institute for Higher Education and a certificate in bank marketing.