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August 30, 2013

Juniata College: Dr. Close Begins Tenure on Board of Trustees


HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College board of trustees has added four new members to begin the 2013-2014 academic year. The new trustees appointed to begin their service Sept. 1, 2013 through August 2016 are: Dr. Gary Raymond, of Hollidaysburg, Pa.; Nathan Hevrony, of New York, N.Y.; Dr. Nicole C. Close (alumni trustee), of Mount Airy, Md.; and Dr. George Valko, of Collegeville, Pa.
Dr. Nicole C. Close, a 1992 Juniata graduate and a native of Claysburg, Pa., is founder and president of EmpiriStat Inc. a clinical research organization specializing in biostatistics she founded in 2008. Close earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1992 from Juniata and went on to earn a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics in 1994 from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned a doctoral degree in epidemiology in 2007 from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Close has worked in clinical research as a Biostatistician for over 17 years and has held adjunct faculty positions at The George Washington University and Hood College (Frederick, MD). 
She has been an extraordinarily active volunteer for Juniata, serving on the college’s Alumni Council from 2005-2008 and also is a current member of the council as an alumni trustee. She also is vice chair of the board of directors for the Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (JCEL). She has been a guest lecturer for Juniata entrepreneurial classes and recently served as a judge for JCEL’s Business Plan Competition.
Dr. Close has provided scholarships for eight Juniata students to attend The Society for Clinical Trials annual meetings and has sponsored Maryland middle school students to attend Juniata’s Summer Science Splash Camp. She is a regular participant at Juniata’s Career Day and in 2013, Dr. Close was an alumni inductee to the Juniata Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society.
Dr. Close has also founded and currently serves as President of Bear Rock Electric, Inc., an electrical contracting company, in 2011 and EZ Camper OBX, Inc. in 2013.

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