Lackawanna College Assigns Key Leadership Roles
SCRANTON, Pa. – July 24. 2020 – Lackawanna College President Dr. Jill Murray announced the assignment of four current staff members to key leadership roles to help further the mission and vision of Lackawanna College. These strategic appointments are designed to support the continued growth of academic programs at Lackawanna College.
Stephanie Decker has been named the Executive Director of Social and Economic Impact. She was previously the Program Director for the Lackawanna College Kiesendahl School of Hospitality. In this role, she assisted in the creation of new associate degree programs and the region’s only bachelor’s degree in restaurant and foodservice management. Under her leadership, her colleagues opened the student-run restaurant, 409 on Adams, which distinguished Lackawanna’s School of Hospitality as a school of choice for students to advance their careers in the hospitality industry.
Decker has served in a leadership role on specialized teams dedicated to driving the formation of new and innovative programs at Lackawanna College, including the region’s first collegiate esports program and ecommerce initiatives. Additionally, she guided her leadership team in transitioning the College’s cafeteria from a retail-style foodservice program to a full-service, high-end cafeteria, which now serves students and the college community. She assisted in the development and execution of the College’s Food for Thought program, The Giving Room and the College’s fellowship program.
Susan Gumble has been assigned the Program Director for the Lackawanna College School of Petroleum and Natural Gas (PNG), the manager of the College’s technology degree program and an instructor. She also serves as the safety trainer and owner of SG Safety LLC. In her role as the Program Director for the School of PNG, she manages staff and faculty, creates and maintains industry partnerships and oversees the budget and implementation of academic courses.
With 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Gumble has used her knowledge and expertise to contribute to the continued growth and development of the School of PNG. Her leadership has led to the creation of new academic programs and partnerships with key organizations in the industry, which help provide students with high-level job placement opportunities.
Kristen McNally will serve as the Program Director for the Lackawanna College Kiesendahl School of Hospitality. In her previous role as the Program Coordinator for the School of Hospitality, McNally helped increase student enrollment for the School of Hospitality and established its reputation within the culinary and hospitality communities through the creation of degree programs, externship opportunities and her vision and leadership in launching Lackawanna’s student-run restaurant, 409 on Adams. She also aided in the development of a continuing education certificate in collaboration with the Center for Independent Living to provide job-sustaining kitchen skills for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Dr. Kelly Musti, PT, DPT, GCS, has been named the Dean of Health Sciences and Assessment for Lackawanna College. In her position at Lackawanna College, she is responsible for the implementation of all academic and clinical programs for the Division of Health Sciences, including strategic planning, quality assessment, student and faculty recruitment and resource development. Musti has assisted in several successful accreditation cycles for various Health Sciences programs. Her goals are to expand interprofessional education to provide students with experiential learning opportunities to aid them in the transition from the classroom to a clinical setting.