Jan 03, 2013
Former HACC senior-level administrator arraigned on theft charge
HARRISBURG – Former senior-level administrator at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, Nancy Rockey of Harrisburg, was arraigned today, Jan. 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Central Court at the Dauphin County Prison.
She was released on $250,000 unsecured bail. According to the police criminal complaint, Rockey was charged with “theft by unlawful taking or disposition.” Also, per the police criminal complaint, $228,000 was unlawfully taken from HACC using a college-issued credit card as early as 2007.
An internal investigation was launched in February 2012 and uncovered documentation indicating possible misuse of HACC and HACC Foundation funds by Rockey. In July 2012, HACC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D. initiated a review by the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office. The College has cooperated fully with the district attorney’s office in the investigation.
“As a result of the internal investigation launched in February 2012, the College has put additional checks and balances into place for the use of College-issued credit cards. I, the HACC Board of Trustees and the HACC Foundation Board of Directors will continue to be vigilant in fiscal matters to ensure all funds are utilized in a financially responsible, ethical and open manner,” said Sygielski.
Timothy Sandoe, chairman of the HACC Board of Trustees, said, “The HACC Board of Trustees is confident in Dr. Ski’s ability to move forward with honesty and integrity. The way Dr. Ski and his Cabinet handled this matter is indicative of the expectations we expressed when we hired him in July 2011. There was no hesitation on his part as to the action the College needed to take on behalf of our Board, students, donors and the entire HACC community.”
Rockey, former interim vice president of HACC’s Harrisburg Campus until February 2012, was employed at the College for 31 years in several faculty and administrative positions, including vice president of college and community development, which involved responsibilities for the HACC Foundation, workforce and economic development and the Public Safety Center.
“I pledge to be as open and transparent about this process as possible within legal restraints,” Sygielski said. “As a public institution funded by federal, state and local funding and supported by private donors, HACC has a responsibility to be transparent in its financial practices,” he said. “Although this situation is challenging for the HACC community, the safeguards are in place to prevent something like this from happening again.”