Youth educator Gina Watts to speak at Penn State Fayette commencement

LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — Gina Watts will be the honored speaker at the Spring 2019 commencement ceremony at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

For 10 years, Watts served as a full-time faculty member at Penn State Fayette, in the human development and family studies program, with an administrative appointment to create and oversee the Student Success Center and career development programming.

Watts was commissioned by the John Maxwell Team to lead the development of new curriculum. She helped to develop YouthMAX Plus, an international youth leadership curriculum to help young people identify, pursue, and fulfill their purpose in their lives. In 2017, she become the first youth development director, leading the launch of the John Maxwell Team Global Youth Initiative, which has hosted 650,000 youth at free leadership development events in more than 60 countries around the world.

Since 2001, Watts has served as a leader on more than 20 boards and developed three nonprofit organizations. She tours local schools and youth groups to help young students identify their personal and professional goals, serves as deputy director for the Mercy and Justice Ministry at Vineyard Columbus, and manages the Lillian’s Legacy Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Fayette County.

The commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the Main Arena of the Community Center.