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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 27, 2014 –The Pittsburgh Business Times recently named La Roche College President Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D., as the recipient of a 2014 Diamond Award and a 2014 BusinessWomen First Award.

The BusinessWomen First awards honor the region’s most influential businesswomen at for-profits and nonprofits who have made a difference in their communities and blazed a trail for other women. The Diamond Award is given to 12 of Pittsburgh’s most outstanding top executives at for-profit companies or nonprofit organizations in western Pennsylvania. Awardees are selected based on evaluation of service philosophy, relationship to employees, and contributions to the community, and are selected by an independent panel of judges, all of whom are former Diamond Award winners.

“I am humbled to receive these recognitions from the Pittsburgh Business Times and proud to be a part of the exciting educational community in Pittsburgh,” Sister Candace said. “As president of La Roche College and in the spirit of its founders, the Sisters of Divine Providence, I continually have sought opportunities for our students, faculty and staff to become engaged in the Pittsburgh community and the broader global community, through awareness and public service. It is La Roche’s mission to prepare students to be responsible global citizens who are indeed best for the world.”

Since becoming the seventh president of La Roche College in 2004, Sister Candace has turned the college, which at the time was facing significant challenges, into one of the finest liberal arts institutions in the region. Embodying a customer-service philosophy that is based on responsiveness, respect and efficiency, she has created a community that meets the needs of more than 1,400 students and benefactors, and created a collegiate atmosphere of intellectual and personal growth.

Under Sister Candace’s leadership, La Roche’s core curriculum was revised, which included instituting service learning—something that has resulted in students working with the homeless on Pittsburgh’s Northside, conducting a Burundi Relief Campaign, working with the elderly, and assisting children with disabilities.

New programs and majors have been introduced in health sciences, forensic sciences, biochemistry, and national security studies, and advanced degrees have been added in nursing and accounting. In keeping with the college’s global focus, a Study Abroad+Study USA program was created to familiarize students with other cultures, and a Global Development and Humanitarian Aid program was added to train graduates and working professionals on best practices in humanitarian aid relief efforts. During Sister Candace’s tenure, campus facilities were dramatically improved as well, with the renovation of the academic library, dining hall, and interior design and graphics arts studios. The athletics program also was expanded.

Active in numerous civic and educational organizations, Sister Candace currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania, and serves on the board of trustees and the Credentials Review Committee and Community Advisory Council for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Sister Candace will be presented with The BusinessWomen First Award at a gala dinner on Thursday, March 13 at the Omni William Penn. She will receive the Diamond Award on Thursday, April 24 at a presentation at the Duquesne Club. A private Diamond Award alumni breakfast will be held later in the spring.

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About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.




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