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PCHE Executive Director Named to Irish Education 100

December 2011 -  The Irish Voice newspaper has named Kenneth P. Service, executive director of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE), to the 2011 Irish Education 100.  The designation includes the top figures in education across North America who have Irish heritage. Service and the other honorees were recognized at a December 14 reception at the New York City home of Irish Consul Noel Kilkenny.

With more than 40 years experience in colleges and universities, Service took over the leadership of PCHE in 2010.   Prior to that, he served as vice president for institutional relations at La Roche College where, among other duties he directed an international scholarship program for students from war-torn regions of the world which earned a NAFSA Spotlight Award for La Roche.  Before joining La Roche, he had held a number of senior institutional advancement positions at colleges and universities in the Northeast and Midwest, including the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Cincinnati, and SUNY at Buffalo. He is a founding member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) National Counselors for Higher Education section and a past member of the section's executive committee.  In 1998, he was inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows, an honor accorded to only 2% of the more than 23,000 members of PRSA.

Active in the community, Service currently serves on the boards of UCP/CLASS of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Bulgarian Macedonian National Education and Cultural Center, Sisters Place, Holy Family Institute International Undergraduate Education Program, and the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership.  Previous board service has included Divine Providence Hospital, Mount Nazareth Family Support Center, Amen Corner Charities, and the Pittsburgh International Folk Theatre.  He is a frequent speaker at professional seminars and conferences on a variety of educational and non-profit topics, including on “The Role of the Board Member in Resource Development.”

Service attended Regis High School in New York City, has an English degree from Canisius College and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Graduate School of Business Executive Program.  He and his wife, Rhys, live in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.  They have two adult daughters: Jennifer, an attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Amy, who is the associate secretary of the board of trustees at the University of Pittsburgh.


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