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Thiel College hosts debate for Mercer County judicial candidates


GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College and the Greenville Record-Argus newspaper sponsored a debate Thursday between William McConnell and D. Neil McEwen, the candidates for Mercer County Common Pleas Court judge.

Moderating the debate was Record-Argus Editor Caleb Stright and Thiel College’s Associate Academic Dean for Student Success and Professor of Neuroscience Greg Q. Butcher, Ph.D.

“Thiel College has always been a place committed to thoughtful and free conversations. Hosting this debate is a wonderful opportunity for the College to fulfill its role as a community resource and as a venue for open dialogue about the issues affecting Mercer County residents,” Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. said. “For the College to play a role in this vital element of democracy is a special privilege.”

Election Day is Nov. 2.

About Thiel College

Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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