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Geoffrey Roche, Harrisburg University Executive Director of Strategic Healthcare Initiatives, has been selected to serve as an Anchor Fellow of the Anchor Institutions Task Force for 2022. 

The Anchor Fellows Program adds a dimension to existing training of future anchor leaders by preparing a next generation committed to AITF’s values to successfully navigate the engagement of anchors in their local communities. This training also highlights the competencies required to build and maintain the commitment and infrastructure to sustain a comprehensive commitment to local engagement.  

Anchor institutions are enduring organizations that remain in their geographic places and play a vital role in their communities and economies.  These institutions include a wide range of types of institutions representing different fields.  Each neighborhood, city, or region includes an ecosystem of various kinds of anchor institutions such as colleges and universities,

During the year-long fellowship period, Roche will design a series of visits to the campuses/headquarters and communities of members of Chief Executives in AITF’s membership. 

During these visits, he will have an opportunity to receive insights from his host, and gain exposure to the internal and external structure of the particular institution’s community partnerships. 

On each trip, Roche will participate in a program that also connects him with other relevant stakeholders in the institution and the community to provide a comprehensive view of how a particular anchor institution builds and sustains a commitment to its community, as well as the unique role of Chief Executive leadership in these processes.


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