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Luce retires after 36 years as media/instructional support at Beaver

8/9/2011 —

James B. Luce, media consultant II and senior instructional services specialist at Penn State Beaver, retired May 13, after 36 years with the University. He began working as an instructional services assistant at Beaver on April 14, 1975.

Over the years, Luce’s job duties included a wide variety of responsibilities, including overseeing instructional media, video conferencing and scheduling, implementing student evaluations, and scheduling for conferences and internal and external group events on campus.

Early in his career, Luce assisted the offices of Continuing Education and University Relations with various projects and programs, reviewed dossiers for faculty tenure promotions, wrote grants for departmental projects, and was one of the authors of the campus’ first strategic plan. He served as campus representative for the United Way of Beaver County for nine years and was a founding member of the Technology Users Subcommittee. In addition, he was an original member of the Computer Fee Committee and a member of the University Classroom Improvement Committee.

Luce served on numerous academic and administrative search committees and was a member of the campus Judiciary Board and Appeal Board. Before retiring, he was invited to join Beaver’s Campaign Steering Committee and remains an active member of the group whose goal is to raise $3 million for Beaver campus as part of “For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students.”

For years, Luce has been a playwright in his free time and is currently writing a play about Pittsburgh steelworkers in 1982. His plays have been read and produced throughout Pittsburgh, and he was a member of the Pittsburgh Public Theatre Playwrights. Theaters in London and New York City are currently reviewing one of his plays for possible production.

“I love spending time as a playwright,” Luce said, “I really enjoy it, but it takes a lot of time. I’ve learned that once you’re done with a play, you take it apart and revise, revise, revise.”

Retirement also affords Luce the opportunity to bike or walk daily, and he enjoys traveling. Recent destinations have included San Diego, Ocean City, Seattle, Vancouver, and Portland.

Luce holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Geneva College. His wife, Carol, is head of the graduate psychology program at Geneva and a practicing psychologist. They are the parents of two children. Jeff, who holds a master’s degree in education, is attending Texas State University to achieve certification as a school psychologist. Their daughter, Sheryl, is in her second year of law school at the University of Michigan where she’ll serve as editor of one of several law journals.

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