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Patti Stirk '87/MBA '99

President & CEO
Star Systems Engineering, Inc. d/b/a SMALL STAR Art House
"York College showed me firsthand how to efficiently use resources and build a quality organization. A wide variety of courses expanded my understanding of critical thinking, which helped me drive my business to new heights."

Current City: York, PA

YCP Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems; Master of Business Administration

Spartan Snapshots

  • Professionally, founded and operated her own technology companies as well as a local art house, SMALL STAR Art House, which has become a staple of Downtown York and the WeCo neighborhood
  • Volunteers and serves on a number of boards including the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, York County Community Foundation, York Industrial Development Authority, Downtown Inc., Rotary Club of York, and Appell Center for the Performing Arts
  • YCP Student Involvement: Women’s Basketball and Volleyball teams, Phi Sigma Chi, Data Processing Management Association (DPMA), and the MBA Student Association
  • As an alumna, Patti served on the Alumni Board of Directors as Secretary for two years before serving as President from 1998-2000 and retired from the Board in 2004
  • Patti considers her greatest achievement to be the creation and operation of three successful business in the following industries: technology, real estate, and arts and entertainment.
  • Serves as an advisor and mentor to the Graham Innovation Scholars and facilitated a number of workshops for these students
  • Acts as the Founding Chair for the Graham School of Business’ Dean’s Advisory Council
  • Patti is married to a fellow Spartan, Jeffrey Hines ’97, who currently serves on the York College Board of Trustees

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