August 27, 2015 |
La Salle University just welcomed the first female president in its 152-year history. The Dalai Lama will visit the campus in October, and students and staff are eagerly awaiting Pope Francis' arrival next month in Philadelphia. But that excitement hasn't protected the Catholic university from enrollment struggles, as many small, private universities compete for fewer applicants. Faced with a more-than-$12-million shortfall - the largest in recent school history - and a precipitous drop in the freshman class, La Salle recently laid off 23 employees, about 3 percent of the workforce.
July 25, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday named Mary Isenhour, a key aide and Democratic Party veteran, to be his new chief of staff, one day after Katie McGinty resigned for what many observers believe will be a U.S. Senate campaign. A former state Democratic Party leader and political strategist, Isenhour had been Wolf's director of legislative affairs. "She is stepping into some very big shoes," the governor said during a Capitol news conference. But he said she knows how to manage people and has the ability to work with the Republican-controlled legislature.
July 24, 2015 |
Katie McGinty, Gov. Wolf's chief of staff for the last six months, resigned Wednesday and is expected to soon enter the 2016 Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate. Wolf's press secretary, Jeff Sheridan, on Wednesday said McGinty told the governor that it would be her last day on the job. Speculation has swirled in recent weeks around McGinty and the Senate race, fueled in part by her meeting two weekends ago with officials from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Martha's Vineyard.
June 19, 2015 |
NEW FLYERS coach Dave Hakstol has yet to fill out his staff. The logical supposition, given Hakstol's college roots, is that at least one member of the staff will be an NHL veteran, possibly with head coaching experience. Phantoms coach Terry Murray, went the speculation, would have fit perfectly, given his head coaching experience with the Capitals, Flyers, Panthers and Kings. But Murray is going to Buffalo instead, joining new coach Dan Bylsma's staff. Buffalo's general manager is Tim Murray, Terry's nephew.
June 8, 2015 |
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Nearly three weeks after his hiring, Dave Hakstol is still sorting out who will join him on the Flyers' bench as assistant coaches. One thing is clear: One of Hakstol's assistants from North Dakota, Dane Jackson, will not relocate to Philadelphia. Hakstol approached Jackson about the opportunity, but Jackson - who played 45 NHL games and coached with Hakstol for nine seasons - declined because of family reasons. Jackson's wife, Carrie, has roots in the Grand Forks area.
May 20, 2015 |
WITH DAVE HAKSTOL at the helm, the next question is: Who will be joining him on the Flyers' bench next season? When Craig Berube was fired on April 17, general manager Ron Hextall said the fate of assistant coaches Ian Laperriere, Gord Murphy and Joe Mullen rested in the hands of the team's 19th head coach. Now, surrounding rookie head coach Hakstol with an NHL-experienced staff will be the top priority. That process began after yesterday's introductory press conference. "We'll form a staff from there," Hextall said.
May 13, 2015 |
The Camden City School District is laying off 31 teachers and 46 student services staffers because of budget cuts and declining enrollment, officials said Monday. District officials, who informed affected employees Monday and are expected to announce the layoffs at the advisory school board's meeting Tuesday, also will cut 15 staff from the central office, which over the last two years has lost about half its positions. The numbers are smaller than those Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard had offered as estimates during a hearing last month, when he cautioned that 150 to 350 layoffs might be necessary to make the $49 million in cuts needed to balance the budget.
May 2, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's new chief of staff has been accused by an assistant state prosecutor of making inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances. Deputy Attorney General Michele Kluk confirmed in an interview Thursday that she reported the February 2014 incident to her superiors shortly after it occurred - more than a year before Kane promoted Jonathan Duecker, a former supervisor of the office's narcotics agents, to the new post. In addition, a second woman who works in the office has told supervisors that Duecker had sexually harassed her, according to people familiar with the woman's account.
March 23, 2015 |
A GROUP OF TEACHERS and staffers at Olney Charter High School yesterday filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board requesting the federal agency conduct an election that would allow employees to become unionized. The filing included signed union authorization cards from Olney employees and stated that the new union would be part of the Alliance of Charter School Employees, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, according to the petition. More than 70 percent of the 150-person staff signed on to the effort, which may face a challenge from Olney's charter operator, ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania.
February 11, 2015 |
The Coatesville Area School District has reassigned staff members, eliminated some jobs, and suspended staff members with the intent to dismiss as a result of its internal investigation into district management. These and other details have emerged about the extent of mismanagement in the Chester County school district, whose former superintendent and former athletic director were arrested last year on theft and state ethics violations. The arrests were the result of an investigation by the county's District Attorney's Office.