The Keystone College Board of Trustees has named John F. Pullo, Sr. '69 as the College's 12th president. Mr. Pullo is the first Keystone alumnus to serve as its president.
“I am deeply honored to be elected as Keystone College’s 12th president,” Mr. Pullo said. “In many ways, this is the culmination of a lifelong journey that started with this exceptional institution. This is an uncommon opportunity to serve an institution I care deeply about, and I now find myself doing some of the most rewarding work of my career. I am grateful to the Board and the entire College community for their trust and confidence.”
Addresses Class of '23 at First On-Campus Commencement since COVID
Before 246 Keystone College graduates received diplomas inside Gambal Athletic Center on May 20th, the Honorable William R. Evanina, former head of counterintelligence for the U.S. government, reflected on his Keystone experiences and offered them words of support and encouragement.
The Peckville Pa. native assured the Class of '23 they are well-equipped to overcome any obstacles they will face in their lifetime. He emphasized the importance of accountability in personal, professional and family life as a key to success.
Mr. Evanina is the first Senate-confirmed National Counterintelligence Agency and Security Center (NCSC) director. Today, as CEO of the Evanina Group, he advises other top-level executives on strategic corporate risk.
He was responsible for leading counterintelligence and security of the nation’s intelligence community, the United States government, and private sector entities at risk from intelligence collection or attack by foreign adversaries. Under his leadership, NCSC produced the President’s National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America 2020.
“I sincerely wish you all the luck possible as you venture into this amazing, complicated, challenging, and yet very rewarding world we live in. It will be a challenge. You are ready for it,” Mr. Evanina said.
Smile and be proud. I am very proud of each of you. You earned today and all that comes with it!"
Keystone Alumni Spotlights
Paul Devine '13
Named Coach of the Year
Paul Devine, who guides the girl's track and field program at West Scranton High School, has been named 2023 Coach of the Year by the Scranton Times-Tribune.
He led the Lady Invaders to a 3-3 record in the regular season for the program's first season with a .500 record since 2011. The newspaper also noted that West Scranton finished sixth in Class 3A at the Robert Spagna Championships after scoring four points in 2022, and 13th at the District 2 Class 3A Championships after not scoring a point at the meet in 2022.
Kareem Mickens '17
Striving to be the Best
As a highly talented college athlete, Kareem Mickens was taught never to settle for doing less than his best. Now, as a dedicated entrepreneur, Kareem is striving to excel in the business world by giving it his all.
Kareem, who graduated from Keystone in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in business, has taken what he has learned in the classroom, and as a key member of the Keystone College track team, to develop two businesses centered around the sport of track and field.
Kareem started his first venture, Sprintman Athletic Apparel in July, 2022 to help provide quality athletic apparel with a unique style that “enables athletes to express themselves and be who they are.”
In artistic terms, balance is how equal or unequal a visual appears. Harmony is when combined elements complement each other. At Keystone, Melinda Owens Bennett found harmonious balance in her art and all aspects of daily living.
As a Mountain View High School student, she realized her passion for capturing memorable moments and bringing visions to life. Today, the successful owner/entrepreneur of Brilliant Mix Design in Forty Fort cherishes her years in La Plume for leaving an indelible footprint on her career path. “Keystone is where I learned to find balance, stay focused and see the big picture,” she said.