Spring on the York College campus

Office of the President

Dr. Thomas Burns is the fifth President of York College of Pennsylvania. His presidency began on July 1, 2023. 

Dr. Burns joins the College during a time of great progress for the institution, with the recent launch of York’s Strategic Plan 2.0, the opening of the Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation, and an ongoing commitment to campus sustainability. Under his leadership, York College continues a proud tradition of affordability and quality for more than 100 undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs.

Servire Est Vivere

The College's motto, servire est vivere—to serve is to live—is an ongoing reminder of our mission. Our campus has long served as a place of opportunity where students can receive a practical, experiential education. Here, they build the foundations for their future careers, but even more importantly, they also develop tools to create lives of passion and purpose. By serving our students, York College becomes a catalyst for future generations who will make their own impact on their communities, their industries, and the world.

President Thomas Burns stands in front of the glass-and-brick exterior of the Performing Arts Center.
Dr. Thomas Burns, President of York College of Pennsylvania
President Thomas Burns smiles while glancing off-stage as he stands at the podium in full academic regalia during Convocation.

The Inaugurationof York College's 5th President

On April 13, 2024, York College of Pennsylvania will celebrate the Inauguration of Thomas D. Burns, Ph.D., as the fifth President of the College. Events include:
  • A Celebration of York College Faculty, Staff, and Administration (Wednesday, April 10)
  • York College Faculty Research and Community Engagement (Thursday, April 11)
  • Spartapalooza - Student Event (Friday, April 12)
  • Boustead Inaugural Concert: Jupiter String Quartet (Friday, April 12)
  • Inauguration Ceremony (Saturday, April 13)

Leadership at York College

  • President's Cabinet

    The President's Cabinet includes senior leaders representing each area of York College. Members meet regularly to discuss all facets of the institution, and to guide College-wide strategy and decision-making.

    Meet the Cabinet

  • Board of Trustees


    Laura T. Wand

    Stephen Tansey
    Vice Chair

    Carol S. Eicher

    Gary A. Stewart Jr. 


    Ms. C. Kim Bracey
    Dale Carey
    Frank Countess
    Lynne DeWitt
    Michael Doweary
    Ms. Carol Eicher
    Dotti Fischer
    Teresa Gregory
    Natalee Gunderson
    Shawn Halsey
    Oliver Hoar
    Kevin Jackson
    Mark Kearse
    Jon Kirssin
    Katie Leonard
    Hon. Maria Musti Cook
    Dr. Keith Noll
    John Ortenzio
    Mark Schmidt
    Mr. Gary Stewart Jr.
    Mr. Stephen Tansey
    Ms. Laura T. Wand
    Bill Yanavitch
    Anne Zerbe

  • Past Presidents
    Since the institution's transition from York Junior College to York College of Pennsylvania in 1968, five leaders have occupied the Office of the President.
    • Dr. Ray Miller (1959-1976)
    • Dr. Robert Iosue (1976-1991)
    • Dr. George Waldner (1991-2013)
    • Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith (2013-2023)
    • Dr. Thomas Burns (2023-present)
Contact Us
President's Office
Thomas Burns, Ph.D., President
Miller Administration Building, Room 101
Phone: 717.815.1221
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cynthia Reisinger
Senior Executive Assistant to the President

Jeffrey Vermeulen
Chief of Staff to the President