BETHANY, W.Va. – Sy Holzer, President of PNC Bank – Pittsburgh, will deliver the keynote address at the 172nd Anniversary Commencement Ceremony at Bethany College, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.
Commencement will be held May 12 at 10 a.m. in the Tilock Amphitheatre in the Pennington Quadrangle.
“As the state's oldest private college, Bethany has been a small college of national distinction," Dr. Miller said. “Sy Holzer is a highly respected leader in the Pittsburgh corporate community—a community that has been an important part of our history. It is fitting and proper that our graduates have the opportunity to hear firsthand from a leader of his prominence.”
Holzer has overall client, community and employee responsibilities, which include Corporate & Institutional Banking, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management in Western Pennsylvania. He also oversees financial services relationships with all large government entities, higher education institutions, health care organizations and labor unions throughout the ten-county Southwestern Pennsylvania market. He also has corporate-wide responsibility for all international labor unions.
Holzer joined the bank in 1971 and has held various executive positions in corporate and retail banking. He was named President of PNC Bank - Pittsburgh in May 1997 and is Co-Chair of the PNC Management Committee.
Active in the community, Holzer is Chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the UPMC Cancer Centers. He was appointed by Pennsylvania's governor to serve on the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh. He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Katz Graduate School of Business and the School of Pharmacy, and Board of Visitors for Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves on the Board of the Children’s Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Executive Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of Directors of the Bethany Board of Trustees, The Pittsburgh Opera, Fred Rogers Foundation, and the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. He is also Chairman of the Strategic Investment Fund. He was appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judiciary Advisory Council by the Chief Justice and was named Vectors/Pittsburgh Man of the Year in Finance. In addition to Holzer's many awards and recognitions, he recently was honored with the Art Rooney Humanitarian Award for public service.
Holzer is a graduate of Duquesne University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. He is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University and the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business - Management Program for Executives. Since 2002, Holzer has hosted a monthly radio show, The PNC Business Journal, which features key executives and community leaders throughout the region.