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Biography

Bob Donchez is a retired educator who taught American Government for thirty-five years at William Allen High School in the Allentown School District. Presently Bob is the Mayor for the City of Bethlehem.

Bob currently serves on the boards of the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, Lehigh Valley Partnership, and is an honorary board member of the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley.

Bob DonchezIn addition, Bob served on the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Policing, Bethlehem Area Public Library Board, City of Bethlehem Zoning Board, City of Bethlehem Recreation Commission, Northampton County’s Election Commission and Northampton County’s Drug and Alcohol Commission. He has also served as Chairman of Council’s Public Safety, Finance, and Community and Economic Development Committees, the South Bethlehem Neighborhood Center Board, Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister City Association Board, City of Bethlehem’s Recreation Commission and the Tourism Authority Board.

Bob is a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church and is a member of the Church Finance Committee. He is the son of the late Irene Mayer Donchez and the late City Detective John J. Donchez. He is married to Jayne A. Miller Donchez and is the father of two children, Robert and Kristen.

RESUME

Robert J. Donchez
377 Devonshire Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18017
610-865-7100
RDonchez@bethlehem-pa.gov

 
Occupation:
  • Mayor of City of Bethlehem (2014-Present)
  • Chief of Staff for Rep. Daniel T. McNeill (2012-2013)
  • Chief of Staff for Rep. Joseph F. Brennan (2007-2012)
  • Educator in Allentown School District, Social Studies (1972-2007)
 
 
Education:
  • Liberty High School, Class of 1968
  • Northampton Community College (1968-1970)
  • Kutztown State University, Class of 1972, Bachelor of Science Degree                                                                                                                  
  • Comprehensive Social Studies, Political Science
  • Kutztown State University, Wilkes University & DeSales University, Master's Degree Equivalent ( 1991)
 
Council Activities:
  • Bethlehem City Council (1996-2014)
  • Bethlehem City Council - President (1998-2002) (2008-2012)
  • Public  Safety Committee -  Chairman (1996-1998) (2002-2008) (2012-2014)
  • Mayor's Advisory Committee on Community Policing (2006-2007)
  • Mayor's Task Force on Community Policing (2005)
  • Finance Committee - Chairman (1996-1998) (2004-2005)
  • Member (2012-2014)
  • Public Works Committee (2006-2008) (2012-2014)
  • Parks & Public Property (2002-2006)
  • Community Development Committee - Chairman (1996-1998)
 
 
Community Activities:
  • Bethlehem World Heritage Commission, Chair
  • Moravian College Commencement Speaker Class of 2021
  • Northampton Community College Commencement Speaker Class of 2018
  • Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation Executive Board  (1998-2002) (2014-Present)
  • Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation Board (1998-2002) (2014-Present)
  • Lehigh Valley Industrial Park Board (2014-Present)
  • Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Board (2014-Present)
  • Lehigh Valley Partnership Board (2014-Present)
  • Governor Tom Wolf’s Transition Committee on Drugs & Alcohol - Chairman (2014)
  • Southside Vision - Co-Chair (2014-Present)
  • Northside 2027 - Co Chair (2014-Present)
  • Hispanic Center of Lehigh Valley Board of Directors (2012-2013)
 
 
  • Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley- Honorary Member of Board  (2016 -Present)
  • Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority Board of Directors (2011-2014)
  • Bethlehem Area Public Library Board (1993-2000) (2004-2008)
  • South Bethlehem Neighborhood Center Board (1990-1999) (2004-2006)
  • Bethlehem Tourism Authority Board (1991-1996)
  • Northampton County Drug & Alcohol Commission Board (1990-1995)
  • City of Bethlehem Recreation Commission Board (1990-1993)
  • City of Bethlehem Zoning Board (1983-1988)
  • Northampton County Election Board (1983-1988)
  • Bethlehem Housing Authority Board (1978-1982)
  • Fraternal Order of Police Star Lodge #20 Associate Member
 
 
Professional Associations:
  • Pennsylvania State Education Association (Retired Member)
 
Awards:
  • 2021 – Moravian College Presidential Medal
  • 2021 – Named to Lehigh Valley Business Power 100
  • 2005 - Allentown Education Association- Teacher of the Year (William Allen)
  • 2001- U.S. Presidential Scholars Program-U.S. Department of Education Teacher Recognition Award
  • 2002, 2000, 1994, 1990 - Named to “Who's Who Among America's Teachers”
  • 2000 –Named to International “Who's Who of Public Service”
  • 1995- Susquehanna University's Russell Galt Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 1977 -Named to “Outstanding Young Men in America: Service in the Fields of Education, Community Service and Politics”
 
  Family History:
  • Lifelong resident of Bethlehem, PA
  • Married to Jayne A. (Miller) Donchez
  • Father of  Robert M. Donchez and Kristen (Donchez) McGinley
  • Son of the late City of Bethlehem Detective, John J. Donchez and Irene Donchez
 
Church Affiliation:
  • St. Anne's R.C. Church
  •  St Anne's Finance Committee- Member (1989)
  • Co-Chairman of St. Anne's 60th Jubilee Committee (1989)