Alvernia appoints three new directors

Richard Ehst, David W. Patti and Michael Tobash tapped for service

Alvernia University board of directors named Customers Bank co-founder Richard A. “Dick” Ehst, Customers Bank chief marketing and communications officer David W. Patti, and former Pennsylvania state representative and owner of the Tobash Insurance Agency and Michael Tobash Financial Services as board members, the university announced Thursday.

“The collective experience and wisdom of this new group of trustees will greatly benefit Alvernia for years to come,” said Alvernia University Board Chairman. Michael Fromm. “We deeply appreciate their willingness to help lead the university and contribute to the communities we serve through our transformative mission.”

New board members will begin their term immediately.

“We are very fortunate to continue to grow our Board of Trustees with experienced and dedicated change agents,” said the President of Alvernia University. John R Loyack. “I look forward to working with them in their new roles as administrators as we continue to transform the university and the communities we serve.”

Ehst currently serves on the board of Customers Bank after stepping down as President and CEO in July 2021. Prior to co-founding Customers Bank in 2009, Ehst served as Executive Vice President, Commercial Middle Market, Mid-Atlantic Division of Sovereign Bank and prior to joining Sovereign Bank, he was an independent consultant to over 70 financial institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region, providing advice on regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions and risk management .

Ehst is currently an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and Industry and President of the Chamber’s Education Foundation. He was invited to the White House for education-related matters. He is also a director of the Reading Hospital Health System Foundation and has served for over 40 years on several professional and nonprofit boards in eastern Pennsylvania and Berks County, including Opportunity House, United Way and Our City Reading which he co-founded with Albert Boscov. Ehst has also won the Caron Foundation Achievement Award and the Halo John Paul 11 ​​Award, was named a Read Alliance NYC Honoree, chaired the 2021 United Way Campaign, and was a 2020 YMCA Youth Champion and 2021. His efforts have raised $20 million. over the past five years.

Patti, a longtime Berks County resident whose 30-year career in Harrisburg spans the highest levels of government, politics and business leadership, is the Customers Bank attorney and lobbyist in Harrisburg and Washington, DC Prior to joining Customers Bank, Patti spent 14 years as President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Business Council and one of its precursors, Pennsylvanians for Effective Government. Patti has served on the Berks County Industrial Development Authority, the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board, and the Advisory Council on Education and Workforce.

Tobash, a Schuylkill County native, served four terms as a Pennsylvania state representative from 2010-2020 and has been in the insurance industry for more than 34 years as the owner of Tobash agencies in Cressonia. He has served the community in various capacities with the Schuylkill County Volunteer Fire Companies, Schuylkill United Way, Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, and Pottsville Area Development Corp. and is the only current council member residing in Schuylkill County.

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