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Opportunity Program Director Nancy Rottler Earns Doctorate at IUP

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Posted: Wednesday May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

Nancy A. Rottler of Hempfield Twp., director of the Saint Vincent College Opportunity SVC / Act 101 / Student Support Services (SSS-TRIO) program, was awarded a doctor of education degree in administration and leadership studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on May 18.

Her doctoral research explored the predictive variables associated with the academic help-seeking behavior of academically and financially disadvantaged students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The dissertation was titled, Academic Help-Seeking Behavior of Act 101 Students: Who Seeks Help? Who Is Reluctant?

A 1986 graduate of Greensburg Salem High School, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in business economics with a concentration in management and a minor in communications at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown where she currently serves as secretary of the alumni association. She completed a master of arts degree in student affairs in higher education with highest honors at IUP in 2000 and was named to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

A member of the Saint Vincent administrative staff since 1993, she has been director of the Opportunity program since 2001. She previously served as associate director of admission and financial aid.

During the past 38 years, the Saint Vincent Opportunity program has helped nearly 2,000 students with potential and ability learn the skills they need to succeed during their college years and beyond. The program recently received the inaugural Crossroads Foundation Award for Excellence in Advancing Educational Attainment.

Rottler is the daughter of Mary Lou Murtha Rottler of Greensburg and the late Martin J. Rottler.

She is a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish, Greensburg, where she is a lector and a member of the church finance council.

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Photo: Dr. Nancy A. Rottler 

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