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York College Announces Launch of EVOLVE: The Campaign for York College

October 01, 2020
Evolve The Campaign for York College

York College of Pennsylvania will launch its first-ever comprehensive campaign, EVOLVE: The Campaign for York College, on Oct. 1. 

“For more than 230 years, York College has been evolving to better serve our students, our alumni, and our community,” said President Pamela Gunter-Smith. “Last year, we celebrated our past with the 50th anniversary of York College as a four-year institution; this year, we celebrate our future, our mission, and our commitment to establish a new generation of Spartans.”

EVOLVE: The Campaign for York College began in the summer of 2017 with the creation of the Strategic Plan for a Greater York College. Since then, thousands of donors have supported seven areas of focus: Academic Excellence and Innovation, Spartan Athletics, the York College Fund, Scholarships, York Country Day School, the Center for Collaborative Innovation (including the new Knowledge Park, Engaged Scholars Program, and the Center for Academic Innovation), and Spartan Commons, the new center of campus and gateway to learning. 

The goal for EVOLVE: The Campaign for York College is to raise $55 million toward these objectives. 

“While York College has had several successful campaigns in the past, these were centered on particular projects or buildings,” said Campaign Cochair Bill Shipley, former chair of the board of trustees. “EVOLVE is a comprehensive campaign based on the College’s strategic plan, mission, and vision. In addition, the main purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness, engagement, and participation from alumni and friends.”

“By virtue of our constant evolution and amazing growth, York College is a very different college than the one many of us attended as students,” said Campaign Cochair Tony Campisi, a 1976 graduate of York College and Board Member Emeritus. “We want YCP alumni to be very proud of their alma mater as they fulfill their role as our future leaders for the next 50 years of our history.”

York College students enjoy an average classroom size of 19 individuals and a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; 89% of our faculty hold the highest degree possible in their field. York College is also among the national best buys in higher education and among the top 15 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania that provide the best performance at the lowest possible cost. At York College, 91% of our alumni find jobs or continue their education in their field after graduation. 

“York College is worthy of investment,” said Troy Miller, vice president of development. “We graduate students and we help find them careers. It is in our DNA. We achieve it with fantastic educators, facilities, project-based learning, and most importantly, students with grit.”

“With this support, York College will continue to be the premier destination for students seeking an education that integrates career preparation with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, and will be a catalyst for positive change in higher education and the broader community,” said President Pamela Gunter-Smith. “That is how we measure success.”

Learn more about EVOLVE: The Campaign for York College by visiting evolve.ycp.edu.