O'Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
As a Franciscan institution, the university's mission compels Alvernians to be like St. Francis and serve as a source of transformation for students, the institution, and the community. The O'Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship celebrates the Catholic and Franciscan tradition and plays a pivotal role in educating students for participation in a global economy.
Through Reading CollegeTowne, the O'Pake Institute continues its mission of transformation. The institute serves as a catalyst for educational and business expansion, including a student-centered business incubator in downtown Reading.
Recognizing the importance of economic development and entrepreneurship, Alvernia continues to educate from its mission-based perspective, forming ethical leaders with moral courage to do well and do good.