Alumni Council Honoring Faculty and Staff Retirements, Service to Mercersburg

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Mercersburg Academy’s Alumni Council is pleased to recognize four faculty and staff members who are retiring at the close of the 2019-2020 academic year. They include faculty members Sue Malone P ’01, ’03 (who is retiring after 38 years of service) and Richard Rotz (24 years), as well as staff members Jeff Goetz P ’07 (30 years) and Paula Moran (12 years).

Sue Malone
Jeff Goetz

This year, the Alumni Council is also honoring those faculty and staff who have 25 or more years of service as of May 1, 2020. (See the list of honorees below the information about the school’s retiring faculty and staff.)

Jeff Goetz arrived at Mercersburg in 1990 to join the business office as the school’s controller. Alongside then-chief financial officer Gail Wolfe and later Maria Kimsey (associate head of school for finance and operations), Jeff has helped manage the budget and financials during a formative era in Mercersburg history. Capital campaigns and significant generous gifts led to a boom in major campus construction projects, and Jeff’s work has been instrumental in balancing the budget, completing successful audits on an annual basis, and working with the Board of Regents.

Jeff and his wife, Kim, live in Mercersburg. They have two sons, including Ben, who attended Mercersburg for four years and is a member of the school’s Class of 2007. Jeff is a graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Rotz
Paula Moran

Sue Malone came to Mercersburg in fall 1981 as a member of the science department; she and her husband, fellow longtime faculty member Jim Malone, met on a blind date arranged by a Mercersburg student and married in 1982. In the years since, Sue has become a fixture in the campus classrooms and laboratories, an adviser to hundreds of students, a successful coach of cross country and track & field, and a luminary in the history of the school’s outdoor-education initiatives, including Mercersburg Outdoor Education (for which she served as assistant director for several years) and its predecessor, TREK.

Sue, who holds a degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, received the 2000-2001 Zern Excellence in Teaching Award at Mercersburg. She is a fiercely avid outdoorswoman and ultrarunner, having completed a “Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim” run at the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Leadville Trail 100 in Colorado; The Malones have two daughters, (Molly ’01 and Jessica ’03, both of whom are Mercersburg graduates) and two grandsons.

Paula Moran has worked in housekeeping at the Academy since 2007. As a dedicated member of the facilities staff, she has helped keep the dormitories and campus buildings clean for our students and her fellow employees. Before her time at the school, she worked in child care for 26 years. Paula and her husband, Clifton, live in Mercersburg.

Richard Rotz grew up just over the mountain from Mercersburg in McConnellsburg, PA. He taught music at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg for more than a decade and helped create the Mercersburg Area Community Chorus in 1975; he has directed the group since 1976. The Community Chorus performs twice a year in the Irvine Memorial Chapel on campus.

Richard began directing the Octet on a part-time basis in 1996, and was appointed a full-time faculty member and the Academy’s director of music in 2000. In addition to the Octet, he has directed the Concert Band, the Chorale, and the pit orchestra for Stony Batter Players musical productions. Richard serves as choir director at McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church and previously was on Mercersburg’s Borough Council. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Lebanon Valley College and a master’s from the University of Michigan.

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The Alumni Council has previously recognized those faculty and staff members who had 40 years of service to Mercersburg Academy (including current faculty member Tom Rahauser ’74, P ’05, ’07, ’12, and staff member Jeffrey Zeis, who works in the facilities department).

This year, the following faculty and staff (in addition to the previously mentioned Sue Malone and Jeff Goetz) are saluted for 25 or more years of service:

Rita Barone P ’03, Health and Wellness Center director (26 years)
Avery Cook, facilities grounds supervisor (35 years)
David Grady P ’16, ’22, mathematics faculty (25 years)
Bill Hege, facilities department (36 years)
Rick Hendrickson P ’03, ’06, ’19, director of athletics (26 years)
Eric Hicks P ’16, ’19, science faculty (27 years)
Trini Hoffman P ’00, ’06, director of student activities (25 years)
Dave Holzwarth ’78, P ’11, ’13, science faculty (29 years)
Jyl Hoover, registrar (39 years)
Peter Kempe P ’09, ’13, ’18, language faculty (25 years)
Jim Malone P ’01, ’03, science/mathematics faculty (39 years)
Linda McCombie, facilities office manager (28 years)
Amy Mohr, senior associate director of regional engagement (25 years)
Susan Rahauser P ’05, ’07, ’12, director of student counseling services (28 years)
Andy Schroer P ’07, ’08, mathematics faculty (33 years)
Susan Simar P ’86, ’90, ’91, admission receptionist (31 years)
Allison Stephens P ’11, ’13, history faculty (32 years)
Tom Thorne P ’06, ’07, language faculty (26 years)