Chambersburg Chamber Names New Membership Director

Chambersburg Chamber Names New Membership Director

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Jordan Nace as the new membership director who will serve nearly 800 members of the business community.

Jordan joined the Chamber team in early November and formerly worked in sales and marketing for Higher Information Group. His experience includes an extensive background in sales and marketing as well as relationship-building with clients in the Carlisle, Shippensburg and Chambersburg areas. He received his undergraduate degree in communications studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is originally from Carlisle.

“I am excited for this opportunity to help the Chambersburg Chamber grow and am eager to engage with the businesses that are the backbone of our community,” said Jordan Nace, membership director of the Chambersburg Chamber. “I am blessed to have this opportunity and cannot wait to meet all of our wonderful members and those interested in learning more about our organization.”

At the Chamber, Jordan will oversee membership recruitment and retention as well as lead the Chamber Ambassador program to ensure member needs are met. He will also coordinate various Chamber events including mixers, ribbon cuttings/grand openings, buy local initiatives, the annual golf tournament, new member orientations, etc.

“We are delighted to have Jordan on board as our newest team member to take our Chamber membership to the next level,” said Stephen Christian, president of the Chambersburg Chamber. “His strong work ethic and communication skills have already proven exceptional, and we are excited to introduce him to the Chamber business community.”

In his free time, Jordan enjoys traveling and most recently returned from Munich, Germany. His other hobbies include golfing, fishing and spending time outdoors with his beagle, Rooney.

Veterans Day Commemoration at Franklin County Veterans & 9/11 Memorial Park

Veterans Day Commemoration at Franklin County Veterans & 9/11 Memorial Park

The Historic Letterkenny Chapel and Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park Committee and the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area (UCCA) will conduct a Veterans Day Memorial Service at the Historic Letterkenny Chapel.

The Chapel Service will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., 2171 Carbaugh Avenue, Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

The Keynote Speaker will be the 50th Commander of Letterkenny Army Depot, Colonel Gregory K. Gibbons, for a Veterans Day Message.

Musical accompaniment will be presented by Marcel Coates, on the Piano, throughout the Program, and he will direct special musical selections by the Chambersburg Community Chorus.

The Chapel Service will conclude with a rifle salute and the playing of Taps by the Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard, as final tribute to those Veterans who have, and continue to Go Daily In Harms Way, and those whose lives were lost in service to our nation.

Wilson College Names 20th President

Wilson College Names 20th President

Wilson College today announced the appointment of Dr. Wesley R. Fugate as the 20th president in the 150-year history of the college.

Fugate, who will officially assume the Wilson presidency in January 2020, currently serves as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. He will succeed Barbara K. Mistick, who left the post in August 2019 to become president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) in Washington, D.C.

Richard Kneedler has served as interim president while the Wilson College Board of Trustees, with the assistance of Academic Search Inc., conducted a national search for Mistick’s successor.

In making the announcement today to Wilson faculty, staff, alumni and students, Dr. Barbara L. Tenney, Wilson Class of 1967 and chair of the college’s Board of Trustees, said, “Dr. Fugate’s multi-disciplined experience in higher education, as well as his passion for small, private liberal arts institutions, makes him the perfect candidate for Wilson’s presidency. He has an infectious energy and commitment to the student experience that will serve our college well. I look forward to working with Dr. Fugate as Wilson College continues to evolve to meet the needs of our future students.”

Over the course of his career, Fugate has worked extensively in enrollment management and student affairs; supported the work of college boards of trustees; and led successful communications and marketing efforts–specifically at Randolph College and the University of Georgia. He has also held several key leadership roles focusing on strategy and policy while working for the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Office of the Governor.

As president of Wilson College, Fugate will be responsible for unifying the campus with a focus on enhancing the student experience and success in later life, managing enrollment, providing financial stewardship, fundraising, cultivating the alumni base, and building and enhancing relationships and partnerships in the local community.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected to lead Wilson College into its next 150 years,” Fugate said. “While Wilson’s commitment to opportunity, honor and providing a high-quality liberal arts education are what drew me to consider this position, ultimately getting to know the people of Wilson helped me to fall in love with the institution. Wilson has a remarkable history and I am excited about collaborating with students, faculty, staff, alumni, Trustees and friends of the college to chart a path for its future success.”

Fugate earned a doctorate of philosophy in higher education from the Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia, in 2012; a master’s degree in higher education administration with an emphasis in institutional advancement in 2005 from the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University; and a bachelor’s degree in dramatic arts and economics in 2002 from Centre College in Danville, Ky.

In addition, Fugate has served as guest lecturer at Lynchburg College, Randolph College and the University of Georgia, as well as presented at numerous higher education professional conferences and consulted on higher education structure and policy. His many awards and accolades are testimony to his distinguished service within the higher education industry, as well as in community engagement initiatives.

The Wilson College Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Oct. 19 to appoint Fugate president of the college. He was selected from a pool of more than 100 highly qualified candidates after an extensive national search.

Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college in Chambersburg, Pa., that offers bachelor’s degrees in 35 majors and graduate degrees in education, healthcare, nursing, business and the arts and humanities. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation. Wilson has a fall 2019 enrollment of 1,620 students in all programs. Visit for more information.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau Celebrates Holiday Season With Festival of Trees

Franklin County Visitors Bureau Celebrates Holiday Season With Festival of Trees

Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to join in the holiday spirit at the 2019 Festival of Trees, held in the 11/30 Visitors Center–the former 1865 National Bank of Chambersburg on the square. The festival opens at 4 PM in time for the November 23 Chambersburg Christmas parade and continues until Christmas on Main, December 6. Come see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Enjoy a holiday train display, courtesy of Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, in the lobby of the visitors center, explore children’s activities in the Discovery Vault, and videos of history in the Video Vault.

Visitors can vote for their favorite tree or wreath as well as participate in the silent auction to take home a tree or wreath.  Funds raised will support cancer initiatives of WellSpan Health in Franklin County, including Hennessy Home and the Oncology Bridge Fund.

Specific hours of the display are:

  • November 23 from 4-8 PM coinciding with Santa’s arrival during Chambersburg’s Annual Christmas Parade at 6 PM.
  • Small Business Saturday, November 30, from 10 AM to 2 PM
  • November 25 until December 6 during Visitor Center hours Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM.
  • December 6, 5-8 PM during Christmas on Main First Friday.

Trees and wreaths are being decorated by local organizations such as Greater Chambersburg Chamber, Greencastle Chamber, Greater Waynesboro Area Chamber, Totem Pole Playhouse, Holiday Inn Express, Marco Technology, Chambersburg Quilt Guild, and others!

Admission to the festival is free. Visitors may voter for their favorite tree or wreath by purchasing four ballots for $1. Silent auction bids can be placed in person, via phone at 866-646-8060 or by emailing Silent auction amounts will be displayed in the Visitors Center and online. Current bid amounts will be updated online daily at  Final votes for favorites and final bids for the silent auction will close at 7:45 PM on December 6 with winners being announced at 8 PM.

Dolly Harris Memorial Dedication Set For November 2

Dolly Harris Memorial Dedication Set For November 2

A special memorial dedication at Cedar Grove Cemetery for Civil War heroine Frances “Dolly” Harris Lesher is set for Saturday, November 2, the 174th anniversary of her birth. The ceremony will begin at 1 PM at the cemetery located at 130 North Franklin Street. The public is invited to attend the dedication.

During the Invasion of PA in June 1863 that initiated the Gettysburg Campaign, Confederate soldiers marched through Greencastle on Carlisle Street, past Dolly’s home at 37 North Carlisle Street.  Col. William Roane (A-let) Aylett, of Pickett’s division and great-grandson of patriot Patrick Henry, said, “Why the bravest woman I ever saw was a Pennsylvania “girl” who defied Pickett’s “WHOLE” division as we marched through the little town called Greencastle.  She had a United States flag as an apron which she defiantly waved up and down as our columns passed by her and dared us to take it from her.”  She called them traitors and scoundrels. Under the circumstances of an affidavit, Private John T. Boyd Sr., CO K, 57th Regiment VA Vol.  said, under oath, quote “as to her wearing a badge I remember she wore one and think it was a Lincoln badge. As Gen. Armistead passed by, she waved the stars and stripes at him and he saluted her.”

Dolly is the only woman from Franklin County who is considered to be a Civil War heroine and was the only woman buried with military honors upon her death in February 1906. For no known reason, a headstone was never erected on Dolly’s resting place in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg, PA. The generosity of Dr. Paul Orange funded the cost of the obelisk headstone to be placed on her gravesite.

Descendants of Frances “Dolly” Harris and her husband John Lesher, from VA, TN, FL, and MO, will be in attendance at the November 2 dedication.