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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

Paul R. Watson II

Dean of Academic Services & College Transitions

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Paul Watson II holds a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in mathematics education from Syracuse University. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Houghton College and is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and management, with a concentration in creativity and innovation, at Drexel University.

Currently, he works in enrollment management at Penn College and led several new initiatives in support of the recruitment and retention of students, with a focus on strategic planning, ongoing assessment and continuous improvement. Prior experiences include the coordination of mathematics instruction and curriculum at Jefferson Central School in Jefferson, New York, and teaching mathematics full time at Houghton College and part time at Genesee Community College and the SUNY campuses at Cobleskill and Oneonta.

Watson says he’s been blessed to have the ability to contribute to the process of igniting a spark at the elementary levels, sustaining it through the middle and high school levels, and seeing it to fruition at the postsecondary level.

His volunteer work has three focuses: education, community and STEM initiatives.

He is a member of the American Creativity Association, American Technical Education Association and Society of Industrial & Applied Mathematics.

Describing his personal life, he says, “I enjoy the gift of time spent with my family; my wife Jennifer, and our two sons, Christopher and Paul III, whether on the golf course, watching a play or enjoying a bike trail.”

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