Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D., believes that combining her passion to make a difference in the lives of others with hard work, dedication, and an excellent education has led to a career path of success.

As the president of Keystone College, Brundage serves as Keystone’s outreach ambassador and steward of the college’s vision and mission, providing fiduciary, strategic, and operational leadership across academic affairs, finance and administration, institutional advancement, strategic planning, enrollment and student life, legal, marketing, and communications.

Brundage became the 11th president and 20th leader of Keystone College in 2018. Prior to her appointment as president, Brundage served as Keystone’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Brundage believes that for colleges and universities to remain relevant in today’s environment, the vision and strategies need to be innovative and bold. She has overseen important developments including the introduction of new high-demand, career-based majors. She has also expanded internship and experiential learning opportunities for students to prepare them for their personal and career success.

The Keystone Professional Development Institute and several new student-centered facilities have been added while many others have been updated under her leadership.

Brundage holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gettysburg College, a master of education in training and development and a doctorate in workforce education and development majoring in Human Resource Management/Organization Development, both from Penn State University.

After graduating from Gettysburg College, she began her career as a corporate trainer for a leading Washington, D.C. consulting firm, and then as a director of workforce development and continuing education at Harrisburg Area Community College. She then served as director of continuing education and a faculty member at Penn State University/York and vice-president for workforce development and faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A recognized expert in her field, Brundage has testified on workforce development initiatives before many state and national committees, including the United State House of Representatives. In the private sector, she has owned and operated a Victorian bed and breakfast in Lock Haven, and worked as an information technology instructor with a private firm.

Brundage has been lucky to have several mentors in her life including teachers, professors, colleagues, and supervisors. She also points out that she has received tremendous assistance and encouragement from family, friends, colleagues, and mentors along the way. “I think it’s important to remember that success is not achieved in a vacuum. While having individual initiative and drive is important, I believe it’s equally important to have support from others in your life when you need it most,” she noted, “I think it is also very important to be there for others, helping others to grow and advance in their careers.”

Her grandparents and parents instilled in her strong values and the desire to strive to meet goals and be her best. “They were always supportive of my path. I have my own family now and I’m so incredibly grateful for their love and support of my two children,” she notes.

Brundage is chair of the Skills in Scranton board; serves on the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce board; Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce’s board, having served as board chair; the Institute for Public Police and Economic Development and tecBRIDGEPA; previously served on Lackawanna County’s Workforce Development and Lackawanna Industrial Fund Enterprises Board. “I have always felt that it was important to contribute and be involved in the community. It’s rewarding to use my own experience and expertise to give back,” she explained.

She is also active in outreach activities which connect Keystone within the community. The college has received awards from the White House for student service project contributions. She received the YWCA Women of Excellence Award. She holds a certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.

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