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Spring 2014 Speakers

Undergraduate Ceremonies

Brigadier General Carol Eggert 
Assistant Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters, Pennsylvania National Guard;Deputy Commandant - Reserve Affairs, United States Army War College 
'87, B.S.

Brigadier General Carol Eggert is assigned as the Assistant Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters, Pennsylvania National Guard and also Deputy Commandant -Reserve Affairs, at the United States Army War College. Prior to this assignment, Brig. Gen. Eggert served as the Chief of the Joint Staff. She recently completed a two year tour in support of the United States Army War College. Prior to this assignment, she completed a 15 month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Brig. Gen. Eggert has served in a wide variety of assignments in her career, including Commander of the 3622nd Maintenance Company, Commandant of the Pennsylvania National Guard Officer Candidate School, and Commander of the 328th Brigade Support Battalion.

During her assignments, she participated in numerous overseas deployments including: Germany, Italy, Nicaragua, and to Lithuania as the Senior National Representative for Amber Hope 2001. She has served during numerous state emergencies as the military liaison at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

Brig. Gen. Eggert completed many military career courses to include the prestigious U.S. Army War College. She holds a bachelor's degree from West Chester University, an M.Ed in Instructional Design from Penn State University, an M.S. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. She is a member several professional associations.

Brig. Gen. Eggert is the recipient of multiple military awards and decorations including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Graduate Ceremony

Claudia Hellebush 
President and CEO; United Way of Chester County 
'77, B.A. Psychology; M.P.A. Social Work Concentration '93

As CEO of the organization for the past ten years (and for eight years prior, as its vice president for operations, Hellebush directs and executes all phases of United Way fund development and distribution, community engagement, and public policy within public, private and voluntary sectors.

Under her leadership, Hellebush transitioned the United Way of Chester County as a fund raising operation to a full-service, community-development organization with services and initiatives in education, financial independence, and health. She was instrumental in the creation of the United Way Volunteer Center, Leadership Chester County, Early Education initiatives, and the United Way Financial Stability Center. From 2004 to 2007, she chaired the United Ways of the Delaware Valley, a consortium of 13 United Ways with combined fund raising of $110 million. A member of the University's external advisory board for the master's of public administration program, she also serves on the board of directors of Citadel Federal Credit Union.

In 2009, Hellebush received the March of Dimes' woman of Achievement Award for Public Service.

Hellebush earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and a master of science degree in administration from West Chester.

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