Division of Student Affairs
West Chester University
Dr. Matthew Bricketto
238 Sykes Student Union
West Chester, PA 19383
Selected as a State Farm Priority School, WCU currently has more than 60 alumni employed by State Farm. To date, they have provided over $225,000 toward the partnership.
The existing funding focuses on a process known as the State Farm Leadership Experience, consisting of five components: the Spring Leadership Experience, Students Actively Involved in Leadership (SAIL), the Executive Leadership Series, the Executive Leadership off-site retreat, and the New Student Leadership off-site retreat.
State Farm’s financial commitment to the Leadership Experience demonstrates its support of education excellence by providing the resources of people and equipment. The proximity of the Concordville operations center and the University make for an ideal opportunity to include associates and agents in a partnership that is close to where they work and live. In April 2005, a 43-member State Farm WCU Alumni group was formed. They have continued to work with WCU on projects specifically tied to priority school funding. Alumni employees participate as workshop leaders and all employees can participate in jointly sponsored State Farm/WCU functions (Child Safety Day, United Way Day of Caring, and the annual teddy bear collection coordinated by WCU to benefit children with pediatric AIDS).
In 2007, State Farm also entered into a partnership with the University's 3E Institute through the College of Education and joined their advisory council. The Institute for Educational Excellence and Entrepreneurship (3E) is focused on identifying, supporting and mentoring entrepreneurial educators who collaborate with colleagues, parents, business and the community to meet the needs of all students. In April of 2008, State Farm was recognized by the 3E Institute for their education and business efforts at the annual award ceremony.