Alumni Profiles

Samuel Piccioni ’73

Samuel Piccioni ’73
Left to right Frank Wyland '73, Sam Piccioni '73, Father Don Duza '73, Barry Little '72, Fred Michelbacher '73, and Dan Illig '73

Samuel Piccioni ’73 has a long and rich history with Bishop Carroll that began in the fall of 1969 when he first arrived on campus at age 14. His son, Anthony, also attended Bishop Carroll and graduated in 2002. Sam served on the Board of Trustees for a few years up until 2014. Today he is co-chair of the annual golf tournament and also a member of the Committee for Bishop Carroll’s Our Tradition, Our Future Campaign.

When asked why he is so dedicated, Sam says that his fond memories of Bishop Carroll, along with the strong spiritual foundation he built there, inspire him to help create that same experience for current and future students.

“Recently I’ve been reconnecting with my old classmates,” he says. “Even if I haven’t seen them for many years, we pick up our friendships right where they left off. I had a really great experience at Bishop Carroll.”

Sam says his time on Bishop Carroll’s board gave him the opportunity to work with a diverse and active group that plays a critical role in the future of the school. He wants to remind people that you don’t have to be a Bishop Carroll graduate to be on the board. Some members are parents of current students.

“The board members come from a wide variety of backgrounds such as finance and management,” says Sam. “A regular turn-over and new members continually bring fresh ideas and recommendations to improve the school.”

Perhaps the board is a reflection of Bishop Carroll itself. When Sam started school, it was the first time in his life where he met sons and daughters of everyone from wealthy professionals to blue-collar workers. Driven by their Catholic roots, students were encouraged to be individuals.

“From the beginning, Bishop Carroll was a melting pot of different people from different communities,” he says. “The opportunity to work with so many different types of people, at such a young age, helped mold me into the person I am today.”

After graduating from Bishop Carroll, Sam earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Saint Francis University and attended BAI Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He worked as a Cost Accountant for Singer-Kearfolt, a defense contractor, before starting his 36-year career with Johnstown Bank & Trust Company. Today, the company is known as F.N.B. Investment Advisors, Inc., and Sam is the Senior Vice President and Director of Relationship Management.

As co-chair of the annual golf tournament, Sam is proud to say that the event has grown from raising gross revenue of just $4,000 - $5,000 a few years ago to nearly $13,000 this past year.

“This has turned into a wonderful event to bring alumni together,” he says. “The best part is to see people come back year after year and to bring their friends and colleagues. This tells me that they’re enjoying it and that sponsors see it as good value.”

About ten months ago, Bishop Carroll started to form the Campaign Committee. The goal of the committee is to raise much-needed funds for renovation projects at the school. Those projects include updating security systems, modernizing the science labs, turning the library into a media center, and many other structural and architectural renovations.

“The class of 1964 was the first class to graduate from Bishop Carroll,” says Sam. With the exception of a small campaign in 1994, “no major updates have been made since then. It is our goal to raise $5 million that will be earmarked to prepare the school for the next 40 years.”

Sam’s dedication to Bishop Carroll was reinforced when his faith helped him get through some of the most difficult times in his life. In 2007, Sam’s son Anthony graduated from the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation, he selected Marine Ground Infantry and was deployed to Afghanistan twice.

“Faith was always important to me, but never in my life did I rely so heavily on it as I did during those deployments,” recalls Sam. “I thank God that Anthony is home.”

When asked if he has any advice for today’s students, Sam wisely replies, “Learn, listen, pray, and build as many personal relationships as you can. Understand that challenges will always occur, learning to deal with them will be the control you’ll need to keep your life on track.”

Sam and his wife, Adele, are members of Holy Name Catholic Church where Sam serves on the Finance Committee. Their son Anthony and his wife, Courtney, have one daughter, Monroe. Sam is also a member of the Altoona-Johnstown Dioceses Mutual Aid Plan Council.

“I feel blessed and fortunate to have the lifestyle that I do,” says Sam. “I thank Bishop Carroll for the part it played in making me the person I am today.”

Those interested in learning more about the Campaign Committee can contact Jerry Stephens at (814) 472-7500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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