BC3 lists staffing changes at campus in Cranberry Twp.

May 20, 2020 Cranberry Local News


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Lauren Buchanan

Lauren Buchanan, director of BC3 @ Cranberry in Cranberry Township, will become director of Butler County Community College's additional location in Mercer County on July 1.

The Grove City resident succeeds John Suesser, who will retire after 11 years as BC3 @ LindenPointe's leader, the college announced Monday.

Ryan Kociela of Murrysville will serve as interim director of BC3 @ Cranberry from May 18 through Dec. 31. BC3 will begin its search for a director this fall.

“I'm excited to begin a new journey at BC3 @ LindenPointe,” Buchanan said.

BC3 @ LindenPointe offers associate degrees in 10 transfer programs and in five career programs. Its menu also includes a certificate program in medical coding and billing specialist that takes one year or less to complete.

Buchanan has been director of BC3 @ Cranberry in Cranberry Township since 2017.

She “did an extraordinary job” during a $1.2 million renovation in 2018 during which BC3 @ Cranberry never closed, said Case Willoughby, BC3's vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.

Ryan Kociela

Kociela, who will be the interim director in Cranberry, has worked as a student success coach at BC3's main campus; at BC3 @ Armstrong in Ford City, Armstrong County; and at BC3 @ Cranberry.

He has also served as a student services specialist at BC3 @ Armstrong and as an adjunct Spanish instructor on BC3's main campus. Kociela is also a former principal in a Pittsburgh area school district.

Kociela holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. He is pursuing a doctorate in administrative and policy studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

BC3 @ Cranberry's selection features six transfer programs and four career programs.

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