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Meet Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology's Deans

Posted by Brian Nguyen on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 1:46 PM

Dean Chris Metzler 

 Dr. Chris Metzler has served the college with deep dedication and he’ll continue to do so  even more as he undertakes a plethora of new initiatives as Dean. A little history on Dean  Metzler will quickly reveal he’s very energetic and committed to helping the students reach  their full potential both socially and with technical competency. In the fall of 2003,  Christopher Metzler was hired as a counselor at Stevens. As one of the College’s  counselors, in addition to meeting with students, he coordinated new student orientation  and presented various workshops on topics from diversity to college transition. Aft er  seven years as a counselor he was named the Director of Student Services. In that role he  oversaw the Athletic Department, Women’s Center, Student Organizations, and student  conduct. Some of the key initiatives in his new role included increasing activities for  students, developing a comprehensive assessment plan for all of Student Services,  creating operation policies and procedures, and identifying how Student Services can plan an eff ective role in helping to retain students. Metzler joined the board of the Shreiner-Concord Cemetery Foundation in 2010, the fi nal resting place of Th addeus Stevens. Th is year, Metzler was elected president of the Schreiner Foundation’s board. In 2011, he assumed additional responsibilities becoming the Athletic Director for the College and helped transition three sports teams into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Metzler has also helped with the formation of the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC) where the College’s NJCAA teams compete for championships. Currently, Metzler serves as Vice-President of the EPAC. 


Dean Michael DeGroft '03

 He’s a man who has a deep respect for our mission and a heart to help our students.  Dean DeGroft refl ects on his early days at Stevens both as a student and as an  employee. “I have been at Th addeus Stevens as a student since 2001 and as an  employee since 2003. Th e fi rst 13 years of my time as an employee of the College was  in the Financial Aid and Registrar’s Offi ce. During this time, I had the opportunity to work  closely with students and families to assist them navigate the Financial Aid process. I  also was able to assist students with the registration side of the campus to help ensure  graduate requirements were met and help with other registrations questions and issues.” “I  thoroughly enjoyed both aspects of these responsibilities. Th is allowed me the  opportunity to play a small role in the student’s journey of graduating and beginning their  career. During this time I also had the opportunity work closely with the Admissions Offi  ce and assist students from the beginning of the process until the end, when they graduated.” “I now have the exceptional opportunity to shift gears in my professional career that provides a new challenge while allowing me to stay at Th addeus Stevens, which has become a part of my family. I truly believe in the mission of the college and I have witnessed countless times where the College has changed the lives of many people, including myself.” “In this new role I am excited for the opportunities to work closely with students, parents, high school counselors, teachers, political appointments and industry. It is important that all individuals are fully aware of the workforce needs and the important role that Th addeus Stevens College of Technology plays in that need.” Under his early guidance the Admissions offi ce has taken on a new process of execution of new duties and professionalism in procedures and responsibilities. Dean DeGroft is a multi-tasker and the right man to implement new ideas in conducting the business of Admissions. 










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2016 Commencement Photo Gallery




Stevens 105th Commencement Ceremony Set For May 14

Lancaster, PA – Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology will hold its 105th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 14, 2016 beginning at 1:00 PM in the Multipurpose Activity Center on campus. The college is honored to welcome Dr. Irvin Scott, Deputy Director of College Ready for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as the keynote speaker for the nearly 340 students graduating from the college.

Details regarding the event include:

Date:  Saturday, May 14, 2016

Time: Ceremony begins at 1:00 pm;

Location: Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology; 750 East King Street, Lancaster, PA.

In addition to Dr. Irvin Scott, as the keynote speaker, the College will award three Honorary Doctorate Degrees and two Distinguished Service Awards. Mr. Thomas T. Baldrige, Ms. Carol Rae Culliton and Mr. Robert M. Krasne will be the 2016 Honorary Doctorate recipients. Mr. Paul Solis and Mr. Matthew M. Sullivan will receive the Distinguished Service Award.


More details will be released as they are made available.


Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a premier residential, two-year, fully accredited technical college that provides a free education to qualifying financially disadvantaged citizens of Pennsylvania as well as serving tuition paying students.  Stevens has expanded from its original student body of 15 to almost 1,000 students who are enrolled in 21 high-skill, high-wage technical programs. The majority of the College’s graduates have remained in the Commonwealth since it’s founding in 1905. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is Pennsylvania's only state-owned, two-year college of technology.

For four consecutive times, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has been recognized by the Aspen Institute, an independent research panel, as one of the top 150 two-year colleges in the country. Thaddeus Stevens College was one of three colleges in Pennsylvania recognized by the Aspen Institute. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has also been recognized by PA-ACT Council as the Pennsylvania Community College Exemplar for 2015. This honor designates Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology as the top two-year college in Pennsylvania.

This event is open to the media. College issued media credentials will be required to enter the building.  In order to obtain credentials, please send the name of the reporter/photographer/videographer attending.  Pass will be mailed or available for pick up the day of the event.

In order to obtain a pass, please contact Scott Noden using the information below. Once again please note, no media will be permitted without proper media credentials.


For more information, please contact:
Scott Noden @ Phone:  717.669-4920 or Email:

2016 Academic Awards Banquet