Morning Ceremony (10:00am)
W. Trent Crable '78
Trent Crable serves as chief operating officer and executive vice president of The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York. Before assuming his current position in February 2012, he was the chief executive officer and managing director at The George Washington University Hospital; he also had served as chief operating officer previously, as well as interim chief executive officer beginning June 2008. Before joining GW Hospital, he served as an associate executive director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System/UAB Hospital, the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama. He also served as vice president of professional services and interim COO with the Virginia Commonwealth Health System. In addition, he was a CEO of an independent physician association that comprised more than 100 community physicians and was chief financial officer for seven other hospitals. Crable began his health-care career as a controller for Greenville Hospital, a 50-bed facility located in the Appalachian coal fields of Western Kentucky, which not only gave him responsibilities for all departments and services, but also helped shape his leadership style throughout his career. He earned a bachelor of science with a concentration in accounting at West Chester University and a master of business administration at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He is a CPA and a certified executive from the American College of Health-care Executives.
Afternoon Ceremony (3:00pm)
Ms. Kathy Romano
WMMR - Radio Personality
Kathy graduated with a BA in Communication Studies from West Chester University in 2000. After interning on a public affairs show for UPN-57, working as a production assistant at NBC-10, and moving on to report traffic for the same station, Kathy joined the Preston and Steve Show at Y100 in 2003. Shortly after, the show moved to their new home at WMMR in 2005. In addition to her role at WMMR, Kathy:
- Founded the Fresh Smiles Foundation to help keep underprivileged children active in organized activities.
- Worked at Comcast Sportsnet as a roving reporter in a feature called "Roamin with Romano" which aired during Eagles Pre and Post Game Live hosted by Michael Barkann and featured Governor Ed Rendell, Ray Didinger and Vaughn Hebron.
- Reported on Monday Night Live, hosted by Ron Burke and Ike Reese.
In 2011, the Philadelphia Business Journal named Kathy on their "40 under 40" list for her career success and charitable efforts.
Kathy has extremely fond memories of her time at WCU. From serving as a teacher's assistant to Dr. Orr to spending countless hours editing projects in the television studio. She also held an executive council position in the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. In addition to her academic pursuits, Kathy also enjoyed meeting up with friends at the Rat and Jakes Bar. Quite simply, Kathy ranks this time in her life as one of the best. Not only did she forge lifelong friendships during her college experience, Kathy also met her husband and acquired their crazy cat that still lives with them in their Conshohocken home. She loves the way the University and town of West Chester have evolved and enjoys returning to campus or visiting a local restaurant.