Alumna elected State Treasurer of Pennsylvania
Bloomsburg University graduate Stacy Garrity ’86 was elected Pennsylvania’s State Treasurer, beating incumbent Joe Torsella. Garrity earned a degree in finance and economics from BU.
Garrity is a retired Army Reserve Colonel who has a decorated service history on the battlefields of Iraq. While serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, she started work as a cost accountant at Global Tungsten & Powders Corp., a global supplier of refractory powders. Eventually, she was named one of the first of two female vice presidents for the company.
Garrity served three deployments overseas: in 1991 in Operation Desert Storm, in 2003 in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and 2008 in Operation Enduring Freedom. Iraqis dubbed her “the Angel of the Desert” when her service at Camp Bucca in Southern Iraq resulted in a perfect record. She kept the camp secure and American troops safe without a single complaint of abuse from Iraqi soldiers interned there. She was twice awarded the Bronze Star for exceptional service and received the Legion of Merit before retiring from the Army Reserve with the rank of colonel.
Active in her community, she serves on the board of Bradford County United Way and is a trustee of Guthrie Hospital.