Albright College

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Albright College
Albright College seal.png
Motto Veritas et Justitia
Motto in English Truth and Justice
Established 1856
Type Private
Religious affiliation United Methodist Church
Endowment $52 million[1]
President Lex O. McMillan, III
Students 2,335
Undergraduates 1,700 traditional day and about 800 accelerated degree program and graduate students
Location Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Suburban
118 acres (48 ha)
Colors Red and White
Athletics 23 varsity/club sports[2]
Mascot Lion
Albright College logo.gif

Albright College is a private, co-ed, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It was founded in 1856 and is located in Reading, Pennsylvania, United States.


Albright College offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, as well as a Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in education. The college also offers accelerated degree programs.

Albright does not require applicants to take the SAT or submit SAT scores; submission of these scores is optional.

Albright offers liberal arts and pre-professional programs. It created one of the first undergraduate psychobiology programs in the nation in the 1960s. The College's liberal arts curriculum has an interdisciplinary focus that allows students to create an individualized education. Fully half of Albright students have concentrations that combine two or three fields of learning.[3]


Albright College athletic teams compete in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Notable individuals and events[edit]

Charles "Pop" Kelchner founded the Men's Basketball team in 1900 and was athletic director at Albright College for 21 years. He was involved in aspects of major league baseball for over 50 years. Albright College dedicated the baseball field as Kelchner Field in 1952. Branch Rickey gave the dedication speech, with Connie Mack in attendance. Kelchner was a graduate of Lafayette College with two degrees and was proficient in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Classical Latin and Greek. He served as Professor of Languages and Athletic director.[4]

Albright's Bollman Center hosted the first two men's basketball Division III Final Fours (1975 and 1976). On March 15, 1975, LeMoyne-Owen defeated Glassboro State 57-54 on Albright's campus for the first ever DIII men’s basketball title.

Albright football reached the NCAA Division III quarterfinals in 1975, 1976, 1996 and 2009.

William "Lone Star" Dietz was the Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach at Albright from 1937-1942. Dietz led the football team to their first undefeated season in 1937. He previously led Washington State to 1916 Rose Bowl victory. In the NFL, Dietz had coached the Boston "Redskins" (1933-1934), the forerunner of the Washington Redskins. Dietz is in the Albright College Athletic Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.[5]

In 1948, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and Albright College played the first intercollegiate football game between an Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) institution and a majority-white institution.[6]

Dr. Wilbur G. Renken was Athletic Director and basketball head coach for a remarkable 38 consecutive seasons. A highly regarded figure in collegiate athletics in general and specifically basketball, Dr. Renken was the President of the United States Olympic Basketball Team Selection Committee for the 1976 Olympic Games.[7] He also served as the President of the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) in 1979-1980[8]

Grant Krow '63 is Albright's lone NCAA individual champion, winning the College Division high jump in 1963. He became an award-winning professor of organic chemistry at Temple University.

Richard "Dick" Riffle '38 was an NFL All-Star in 1941 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a three-time All-American at Albright, earning first team Associated Press honors in 1936 and 1937.

Albright's men's and women's swimming teams have combined for 18 MAC championships since 2000, with the women compiling a 58-meet winning streak from 1999-2002.


Albright's campus radio station, WXAC 91.3 FM[9] is a student-operated college radio station.

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon[edit]

While watching movies one snowy afternoon in 1994, three Albright College students - Brian Turtle ’95, Craig Fass ’96 and Mike Ginelli ’95 - created “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” The friends had been watching the Bacon classic Footloose at an apartment near campus. The dance film was followed by another Bacon movie and then a commercial for yet another. The friends began talking about all the actors Bacon had worked with and trying to connect those who he had not. What started as a parlor game with players challenged to connect any actor to Bacon in six degrees or less, soon transcended Albright's campus. In 2014, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon marked its 20th anniversary, with Bacon and Turtle appearing at South by Southwest to discuss the social phenomenon.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Lauren Ashburn '89 is founder of Ashburn Media. Since fall 2013, she has served as a Washington-based correspondent on Fox News. She has written for USA Today, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.[11]
  • Brent Hurley '01, YouTube co-founder[12][13]
  • Rick Herring ‘82, retired president of Giant Foods-Carlisle Division[14]
  • Victoria Lins ’86 is executive vice president and chief marketing officer of United Way Worldwide, the world's largest, privately-supported nonprofit organization. Lins previously served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Clear Channel Outdoor – North America[15]
  • Scott Hunsicker ’92 is General Manager of the Reading Fightin’ Phils.
  • Thomas R. Kline, Esq. ’69 is one of top personal injury lawyers in the country. He has been honored for 11 consecutive years, 2004-2014, as the No. 1 attorney in Pennsylvania by the independent rating service Super Lawyers, an accomplishment unmatched by any lawyer across the nation. Kline was also chosen by Best Lawyers as its Philadelphia Medical Malpractice "Lawyer of the Year" for 2013 and as among the nation's best lawyers every year since 1995. And, of the more than 1.2 million lawyers in the United States, Kline was named as among “The 500 Leading Lawyers in America” and the leading personal injury plaintiffs' lawyer in Pennsylvania by the independent review organization Lawdragon. He is past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, described by The Washington Post as "a select group of 100 of the nation's most celebrated trial lawyers."[16]
  • Patrick L. LaFrieda ’94 is CEO of Pat LaFrieda Wholesale Meat Company, which boasts an impressive 1,000 customers and is rapidly growing. LaFrieda, known as the "Magician of Meat" holds a burger/meat contract for all of CitiField, home of the NY Mets. In April 2014, LaFrieda began starring in a reality show called “Meatmen” on The Food Network, which follows him, his father Pat LaFrieda Sr. and cousin Mark Pastore through their daily work, meeting with the most famous chefs around in the most sought-after restaurants.[17]
  • The Honorable Patricia Jenkins ’73, appointed in December 2013 to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
  • Saidah Arrika Ekulona ’92 is an actress who starred in the play, “Ruined,” which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. She has also starred in TV shows such as Law & Order: SVU, Scandal and General Hospital.[18]
  • Paul Sinclair ’97, Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy and Innovation, Atlantic Records.[19]
  • Jeff Lentz ’85, nominated for a Grammy in 2003 for Best Opera Recording for Ed Thomas' Desire Under the Elms. He currently serves as artist in residence at Albright, where he teaches, advises and directs on campus.[20]
  • Bob Spitz ’71, a noted celebrity biographer. A longtime musician, Spitz managed both Bruce Springsteen and Elton John. He is the author of several books, including Barefoot in Babylon, the eye-opening documentary of the Woodstock Music Festival, and The Beatles, his definitive bestselling biography of the phenomenal super group.[21]
  • Ronald Dissinger is Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Kellogg Company[22]
  • James A. Morrison ’64 (aka: J.J. Dillon), is a retired professional American wrestler and manager of “The Four Horsemen,” and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012 [J.J. Dillon]][23]
  • Harry Martin '73 has been an anchor of Fox 5 News (NY) at 6 p.m. since 2009. He also serves as co-anchor of My9 News at 11 p.m. He has more than 30 years of experience as a general assignment reporter, news anchor and co-host.[24]
  • George "Stormy" Petrol, played professional football for the Providence Steamrollers, coached at University of New Mexico for almost 40 years in four different sports (baseball, swimming, football and golf)[25]
  • David Quentin Voigt '48, baseball historian, author of five books on baseball history (American Baseball),[26] retired sociology professor at Albright College


  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Albright College Athletics Website". Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Baseball Reference Bullpen: Pop Kelchner". Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Lone Star Dietz Website". Archived from the original on August 18, 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Vernon "Skip" McCain/UMES Football Reinstatement Fund Second Quarter 2007 Report". Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Olympic Review No. 105-106 July - August 1976". Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  8. ^ "NABC Presidents". 
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^
  19. ^
  20. ^
  21. ^
  22. ^
  23. ^
  24. ^
  25. ^ "New Mexico Athletics: 2003 Hall of Honor". Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  26. ^ "Penn State Press: David Quentin Voight, American Baseball. Vol. 1". Retrieved August 17, 2009. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°21′36″N 75°54′43″W / 40.360°N 75.912°W / 40.360; -75.912