DelVal appoints Elizabeth Gemmill and Eric Compton to the Board of Trustees

Dec 19, 2011

Delaware Valley College has appointed Elizabeth “Betsy” Gemmill and Eric Compton, two area residents with extensive business experience, to its Board of Trustees.

Gemmill, of Conshohocken, is a former vice president and secretary of the Tasty Baking Company, a former vice president of Mellon Bank, a former vice president of university relations at Drexel University and a former Philadelphia assistant district attorney. She has served on numbers boards, including the board of Philadelphia University.

Compton, of Doylestown, is the worldwide general manager for Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson company. He has also held several other senior leadership positions within Johnson & Johnson, including worldwide vice president of franchise strategic marketing at Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care, general manager at SymCare, vice president of New Ventures at Johnson & Johnson and vice president of sales and marketing at LifeScan. 

“I’ve been a resident of Doylestown for almost six years now and really love the community,” said Compton. “I was looking for a way to give back to Doylestown and get more involved in our higher education institutions.”

Compton said that the growth and diversity at the college made him want to get involved. He is eager to apply his background in the healthcare industry and business to help the college as it moves toward new majors and fields of interest.

Compton earned a B.A. in speech communications and economics from the University of Richmond and an M.B.A (marketing) from Kennesaw State University.


As a DelVal trustee, Gemmill is following in her late father’s footsteps. Kenneth Gemmill served as chairman of the Board of Trustees at DelVal from 1985-91. He and his wife, Helen Gemmill, founded The Warwick Foundation, which Elizabeth Gemmill recently headed. In 2010, in honor of her parents, The Warwick Foundation gave Delaware Valley College a transformational gift valued at $30 million.

The gift included the new 398-acre Kenneth and Helen Gemmill Campus.

When the gift was announced Gemmill said it represented her support of President Joseph S. Brosnan and the college’s strategic plan, and was a way for the foundation to honor her parents’ legacy. 

“I really like the plan. I think it is terrific,” said Gemmill. “I think it will continue to put DelVal on the map where it belongs.”

While serving as the board chair at Philadelphia University, she helped guide that institution as it went from a college to a university. Her experience will be valuable to DelVal’s plan to achieve university status.

Gemmill is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Boston University School of Law and has an M.L.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Philadelphia University and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Delaware Valley College.