VP Ernst retires; College hires Matthews and Gutierrez

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Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has announced that Patricia Ernst, CPA, Vice President for Finance and Operations, will be retiring on February 24.

Ernst started at PCA&D on January 2008, following 20 years as Controller at Loyola College in Maryland. She earned her MBA in Finance and Accounting from Loyola College in Maryland and her Bachelor of Science, Accounting, University of Maryland College Park.

Ernst looks forward to retirement as an opportunity to become more involved with the Osceola Mill House Bed and Breakfast, restored miller’s cottage built circa 1766 on the banks of Pequea Creek in Gordonville, PA, which she operates along with her husband Ronald Ernst.

As Ernst retires, the College is dividing the responsibilities of Finance and Operations to allow for greater focus in each area.

Jonelle Matthews headshot

Jonelle Matthews

Jonelle Matthews has been hired as Director of Finance, bringing more than nine years of collegiate experience in finance, budgeting and accounting to the position.  This position is responsible for all aspects of finance, budgeting, accounting, audit, financial aid, and student accounts.  This position reports to the president and is a member of president’s cabinet.

In her previous position as Executive Director/Controller of Accounting at Washington Adventist University, in Takoma Park, MD, a small, private, liberal arts college, Matthews undertook a variety of leadership roles, and managed issues relating to the higher education sector, including those that have an impact on small institutions.  She earned her MBA and BS in Business Administration with a Finance emphasis and accounting minor from Washington Adventist University (formally Columbia Union College).


Derrick Gutierrez

Derrick Gutierrez

Derrick Gutierrez has been appointed as the newly created position of Director of Operations. The Director of Operations, serving on the College’s Cabinet, is responsible for all aspects of maintenance, human resources, physical plant systems, security and safety, institutional technology, risk management and compliance. The Director of Operations supervises the offices of Institutional Technology and Facilities.

Gutierrez has been a tactical and operational leader at PCA&D since 2012 in his role as Director of Institutional Technology.

With 19 years of experience in Information Technology, Gutierrez is also a graduate of Leadership Lancaster. He earned his Master of Science degree in information technology from University of Maryland and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Franklin & Marshall College.

Gutierrez is Pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Terre Hill, PA. He previously served as board member for Lumina Outreach, and SACA Broadcasting WLCH Radio, and is the recent past-president of United Methodist Men, Southwest District. He has held development and finance committee positions at El Redentor UMC.