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Every year, Pennsylvania Business Central celebrates the top 100 people in business and economic development who have learned how to develop their organizations and communities.

On the pages that follow, you will learn everything you need to know about this year’s Top 100 — what they do, what makes them tick and how they have become the great success stories that they are.

Our goal is simple: To show you how these 100 people achieved greatness. As you read their profiles, you will learn that they are much more than just a face on a page. They run companies, volunteer their time and also raise families. Somehow, someway, many achieve the work-life balance that escapes so many.

Each profile is unique. So be sure to take time to peruse the profiles, learn what you can about these individuals.

We think you’ll find that Pennsylvania is made up of hard-working people from fantastic communities.

The Commonwealth continues to grow and thrive because of great people — people just like those in our Top 100.

Plus, keep an eye out for our Top 100 Organizations special edition, coming out next month, celebrating the best of the best in the region’s businesses, non- profits and brands.

2018-01-26 / Top 100 People

Davie Jane Gilmour, Ph.D.


Pennsylvania College of Technology

This year marks Davie Jane Gilmour’s 20th as president of Pennsylvania College of Technology and 41st as an employee of the institution.

She states that she’s fortunate to reap the rewards of her career at Penn College every single day: “I have a first-hand view of the impact we have on students, and how they, in turn, make a difference not only in their own lives but also in the world in which we live.”

Currently, she serves as immediate past chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, vice chair of the UPMC Susquehanna Board, president of the Community Arts Center Board of Directors and chair of Project Bald Eagle. She is a member of both the Williamsport- Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Board and the chamber’s executive committee, where she served two terms as chair, and recently rejoined the board of the First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania, where she is also a former chair.

Describing her personal life, she says, “Although my academic background is in the health sciences, over time I have developed a real passion for the arts. That starts, of course with my husband, Fred Gilmour, who is a professional visual artist and an emeritus art professor at Penn College. But working alongside our talented hospitality faculty has also taught me greater appreciation for culinary artists who create distinctive, beautiful and flavorful works. And, naturally, I love seeing the talented performing artists who travel to Williamsport to grace the stage of one of the region’s true architectural gems, our Community Arts Center.”

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