Frangakis Recognized for Thiel’s Gateway Projects

GREENVILLE, Pa. – A former Thiel College board of trustee member, John Frangakis, has been recognized for his charitable contributions to the college that will fund a series of gateway beautification projects.

The entryways to Thiel College from Route 18 and on College Avenue to Amelia Earhart Drive will be the focus of the projects.

Both locations are on major traffic thoroughfares and visible to a significant amount of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The completely redesigned areas include new and improved signage, landscaping and a re-engineered traffic entry pattern.

“Two generations of the Frangakis family are generous supporters of Thiel College,” said President Susan Traverso. “These gifts will highlight and beautify the campus. The new architectural elements and landscaping projects will combine to make a positive impact on the look of our campus, and we’re really excited about that.”

The Frangakis Family Charitable Foundation Trust, founded by Frangakis’ parents, F. John and Joyce E. Frangakis, received the Phoenix Award of Beautification from the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce for their support of Thiel College’s entryway enhancement. The trust is dedicated to improving the communities in which they work and live in by influencing positive change for current and future generations.

This year marked the 14th annual presentation ceremony for the Phoenix Awards & Leadership Shenango Recognition hosted by the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce where 11 businesses and organizations were honored May 17.

Frangakis served as the Thiel College chairman of the Presidential Search Committee in 2016 and former vice chairman of the board of trustees. In 2014, he was awarded the Haller Enterprise Institute Entrepreneur of the Year Award while in his role as the chairman and chief executive officer of Reynolds Services, Inc.

Pictured: A rendering of the redesigned gateway to Thiel College.

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