In 2014, the PCLA (Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts) was formed. Currently consisting of eleven Pennsylvania liberal arts colleges, PCLA has an incredible mission and vision. The consortium works to share knowledge and cost efficiencies with its members to help improve the quality of their programming to students and other institutional stakeholders. PCLA strives to create more opportunities and better access and includes Bryn Mawr, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Haverford, Juniata, Lafayette, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore, Ursinus, and Washington & Jefferson Colleges.
Robert Diggs has been a vital part of PCLA for almost 3 and a half years, currently employed as the Implementation Manager.
Through his role, Diggs is responsible for all aspects of the consortium’s work including event management, internal sub-grant stewardship, and maintaining the PCLA’s social media/website presence. Working for a membership organization, Diggs believes his top priority is to be responsive to the pressures that his member institutions face. As a result, he strives to deliver the programming needed, or provide the support necessary, to enable the solutions that best address the needs of the consortium membership. This response can vary from organizing a collaborative conference call for sharing of best practices, to the organization of a workshop where experts can help institutional professionals work through the issue at hand. Diggs’s job is to help identify the right solution and implement it.
Diggs’s favorite part of his roles as Implementation Manager is serving as a generalist. As a generalist he is able to help the institutions collaborate when and where it makes strategic and financial sense. He has been exposed to myriad areas of running a small liberal arts college, and eleven different examples of how to educate a mind…professional experience he would not have gained by working at just one institution, or a single nonprofit. This experience has been rewarding and beneficial!
Diggs earned a BA from Franklin & Marshall College, where he majored in the Government Department, and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Diggs has worn many hats throughout his professional life, leading to a unique perspective of liberal arts institutions and how best to serve them. Beyond higher education, Diggs has worked in the Fortune 500 world for a subsidiary of eBay, and in education access for the New York City based program Prep for Prep, of which he is an alum.
Diggs is always open to connecting with people. A part-time member of The Candy Factory, you can find him there on most Tuesdays and Fridays, or feel free to email him at email@example.com for additional information or questions!