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Wilkes University Board of Trustees Elects Three New Members

Wilkes University Board of Trustees Elects New MembersThe Wilkes University Board of Trustees elected three new members to seats on the board. The new members, who joined the board at the October 2019 meeting, are:

Lisa Isbitski Golden, of Moosic, Pa., is a 1990 graduate of the University. Golden is chief operating officer of Geisinger Health Plan and has served in that capacity since September 2016. Golden earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wilkes and a master’s degree in health administration from King’s College. She holds a certification from the American Case Management Association. She is also a certified healthcare insurance executive and an alumnus of the AHIP Executive Leadership program.

William Hanbury of Skaneateles, N.Y., is 1972 graduate of the University, and has more than 30 years of nonprofit executive management experience. During the course of his career, he served in CEO roles with the Bermuda Tourism Authority, United Way National Capital Area, Destination DC, Visit Milwaukee and the Hilton Head, S.C., Chamber of Commerce. He is a former chairman of Destinations International and is a sought-after thought leader on executive management, organizational transition, and nonprofit operations. Hanbury earned his bachelor’s degree from Wilkes and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Tara Mugford Wilson of Dallas, Pa., is the president of Power Engineering Corp., a family-owned-and-operated mechanical construction and HVAC service company based in Wilkes-Barre. Prior to returning to Power Engineering Corp. in 2016, Wilson owned and served for 24 years as president of Power Mechanical Corp., a union sheet metal and mechanical pipefitting business. She is chair of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Development Corporation Board, and is a current member of the United Way and past co-chair of its Annual Campaign. Wilson also is a member of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry/Growth Partnership Board as well as the board of the Appleseed Foundation, Geisinger Wilkes-Barre Advisory Board, Circle 200, Luzerne Foundation, and the boards of The Institute for Economic Development and Public Policy and Wyoming Seminary. Wilson is the 2019 recipient of the Athena Award presented by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce.

Pictured above, from left are Wilkes University Interim President Paul S. Adams, new trustees William Hanbury, Tara Mugford Wilson and Lisa Isbitski Golden, and Dan Cardell, chair of the board of trustees.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation’s finest doctoral universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 46 majors, Wilkes offers 24 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.