Spring on the York College campus

Influencing the Community Through Education

By Mary Dolheimer and Rachel Harclerode '18

Bob and Anne Kinsley exemplify the characteristics that York College of Pennsylvania strongly values: dedication to serving the community, enthusiasm for providing quality education, and commitment to encouraging growth. The couple, who has served as influential benefactors in the York community for decades, made a $5.5-million gift commitment to the College's engineering program. With their gift, the new program was named The Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology.

Bob, founder and CEO of Kinsley Construction, realizes the necessity for well-educated engineers. As an alumnus of York Junior College, Kinsley, Class of 1960, has been heavily involved with YCP's engineering program since the beginning. He served as a member of the search committee that hired the program's first director. In 2008, his financial support helped transform the York Narrow Fabrics manufacturing facility on Grantley Road into the Kinsley Engineering Center. This Center is currently home to over 400 students studying in a variety of fields.

The existing Kinsley Engineering Center will combine with programs from the science and math departments, including chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and forensic chemistry. The school will continue to emphasize hands-on experiences and facilitate professional relationships with faculty, features that the Kinsleys thoroughly support. "The Engineering co-op program is an extremely important aspect of the curriculum as it gives students practical experience and graduates hit the ground running. It also builds relationships with local and regional business. And the faculty interaction – the concept of not being just a number – helps to retain students," Bob says.

As members of the York community, the Kinsleys cherish the role YCP Engineering students have taken in the area after graduation. Some students have become employees at the Kinsley companies, but even more will leave an impact on the community in some form or another. Bob says, "The Kinsley companies have had a great experience with York College graduates who, as fellow employees, contribute to our successes and that of the larger industrial community. Anne and I are very interested in educating future engineers with a desire to remain in Central Pennsylvania after graduation and become contributors to our economic well-being."

Earlier this year, the Kinsleys were also recognized for over a decade of involvement with Penn-Mar Human Services when they received the first Distinguished Humanitarian Award. Through their activity in organizations such as Penn-Mar and their commitment to the College's Engineering program, the Kinsleys' dedication to the York area is evident. For many years they have served as irreplaceable members of the YCP community and their influence will last for many years to come.

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