For release
Further information: Contact Joseph Giomboni 
Public Relations Office, (570) 208-5958

July 5, 2016 - Donna Dickinson, Achievement Plus & College Entry Director at King’s College, has been elected for a second year as president of Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators (PADE), a statewide, non-profit organization that addresses issues and needs of developmental educators from postsecondary institutions. 

Prior to joining King’s in 1994, Dickinson served as the Alzheimer Unit Director at Leader East Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Kingston. She began her tenure at King’s as a part-time assistant director of Act 101, which has been renamed Achievement Plus. She has served as director of the program since 2005. She is primarily responsible for recruitment, developing the faculty-staff mentor program and support programs for at-risk first-year students, and coordinator of Chi Alpha Epsilon, the honor society for students admitted to college through Achievement Plus programs.

Dickinson earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and community service from Wilkes College, and master’s degree in human services administration at College Misericordia.

In addition to her community service efforts at PADE, she is an active volunteer for Ruth’s Place Women’s Shelter in Wilkes-Barre and lay member of the United Methodist Board of Ordained Ministry. She has completed mission trips to Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina in 2011 and San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  

PADE is recognized for its leadership in, advocacy for, and nurturing of programs and services for academically underprepared students and other special needs populations. Founded in 1979, PADE is affiliated with the National Association of Developmental Educators.

Donna Dickinson