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Princeton-Blairstown Center Elects Three New Honorary Trustees

PRINCETON, NJ, – On Saturday, June 11, 2016, the Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) elected three new Honorary Trustees, Rev. David H. McAlpin, Jr., Everard K. Pinneo, and Peter T. Smith.  The Honorary Trustees are selected from those Board Members who have served on the Board of Directors with distinction and excellence. The total number of Honorary Trustees is restricted to 15 members and there is no term limit, as it is a lifetime position.

Rev. McAlpin graduated from Princeton University in 1950 and Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1953. He served as Pastor of Presbyterian churches in New Jersey and Michigan, including the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church in Princeton. He retired from the ministry in 1993. Rev. McAlpin served as a Trustee of the Princeton-Blairstown Center for 20 years and for a time served as PBC’s President. He co-founded Habitat for Humanity of Trenton in 1986 and served as its President until 2012. Having served on numerous other nonprofit boards, he has won numerous awards for his dedication to community service. His father and grandfather were involved with PBC, and the infirmary at Blairstown bears the family name.

Everard “Ev” Pinneo served the Princeton Summer Camp as a summer staff program coordinator in 1947 and a student Director from 1948-1950 during his undergraduate years at Princeton University. He graduated from Princeton University in 1948 with a degree in Economics. Starting his career in the corporate world, he had a long career as a college admissions officer. He served as the Center’s Executive Director from 1979 to 1989. He also served as the Center’s part-time Development Director from 1989 to 1992. Ev served as an Honorary Trustee from 1998 until 2010, before being elected as a voting member to the Board of Trustees in 2011. Most recently, he has been a member of the Advisory Council since 2014.

Retired from full-time employment since 2007, Peter Smith logged a 43-year international marketing management career with global corporations and local nonprofits. Peter graduated in 1964 from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and was elected to the PBC Board of Trustees in 1985. He served on the PBC Board for 18 years where he focused on marketing and development strategies and new initiatives. He was elected President of the Board in 1995, a role he held for five years.  During his remaining three years on the Board, he focused his attention on Board recruitment.

“This is the first time in more than three years we have selected former Trustees to bestow the recognition of Honorary Trustee.  We are so delighted to have their collective wisdom and experience as we embark on a new strategic plan and increase the capacity of the Princeton-Blairstown Center,” said Dr. Sarah Tantillo, Board Chair.

About the Princeton-Blairstown Center

PBC is an independent nonprofit with a mission to transform the lives of vulnerable young people through integrated experiential and adventure-based programming in schools and at our Blairstown Campus near the Delaware Water Gap.  We collaborate with schools, university partners, and community-based agencies to develop in youth deepened self-awareness, responsible decision-making, teamwork, and leadership skills.   Our wide variety of year-round, multi-service programs serve over 6,000 students from the Mid-Atlantic States.

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