UAC Welcomes New Board Members

June 19, 2013


The Coalition recently welcomed two new board members, Patrick Kelly Senior Vice President CDS National Program Manager Corporate Social Responsibility for Bank of America and James Mergiotti, President/CEO of Pierce College.

Pat Kelly is National Program Manager for CRA Support.  He is responsible for the Bank’s national Community Development Services strategy, execution, monitoring and delivery of volunteerism that qualifies for the CRA examination of the Bank.   Pat also manages other various aspects of CRA Support to all Local CSR Market Managers in the United States.  He provides the tools, technology and training for local teams to meet their Community Development performance goals and community impact objectives.

Recently, Pat was Market Manager of Bank of America’s Pennsylvania and Delaware Philanthropy, Community Development, Volunteerism and CRA efforts.  Pat was the former Director of Summit Bank’ Community Development, Philanthropy and CRA in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut and served as Manager of the Region for Fleet Bank.  Pat also served as Community Impact Regional Manager for the Mid-Atlantic and Carolina’s Region at Bank of America. 

Patrick serves on several community boards or committees including the Food Bank of Delaware, Latin American Community Center, the CED Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, Cooper’s Ferry Development Association, Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society and Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Rowan University in 1982.  He is a 2002 graduate fellow of Leadership NJ.

James J. Mergiotti became president and chief executive officer of Peirce College on July 1, 2009.  Mr. Mergiotti joined the College as vice president, administration in July 1998 and was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer in January 2000.  In these roles he was responsible for all aspects of the baccalaureate-level institution, administratively and academically.  He served as a Peirce College trustee from 1988 to 1998, including a term as board vice-chair.

Mr. Mergiotti is a strong advocate for a relationship-driven academic environment.  He played a key role in the development of Peirce Online, one of the pioneer initiatives in online higher education in the United States, while enhancing programs and achieving record-level operating results, and substantial student enrollment growth, at Peirce.  He lead the College through a collaborative strategic planning process in 2009-10 focused on making Peirce the first choice for career oriented, non-traditional college students seeking high quality teaching and service.   To date, the strategic agenda has resulted in elevated visibility of the Peirce brand, academic program expansion, enhanced student support, and the establishment of alternative revenue sources.     

He has over 35 years of leadership experience in higher education, banking and public accounting including major roles in administration, operations and financial management, human resources development, mergers and acquisitions, strategic sourcing and contract negotiations, as well as nonprofit board relations.

 He received an MBA in finance from LaSalle University and a BS in accounting from St. Joseph’s University.  He is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).

Always strongly committed to community service, Mr. Mergiotti is a director and former board chair of Villa Victoria Academy.  He is a trustee of Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School.    Mr. Mergiotti also serves on the boards of directors of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and Youth Build Philadelphia. He has held numerous directorships for organizations in the past.  In addition to community activities, Mr. Mergiotti enjoys running, sports, reading, movies and his family.