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York College to graduate nearly 300 on Dec. 19; alumnus and trustee emeritus George Shorb to receive honorary degree, offer address

November 19, 2018
George Shorb '72 and Josh DeSantis

Nearly 300 graduates will receive degrees from York College at the Dec. 19 winter commencement ceremony, which will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center’s M&T Field House. Alumnus and trustee emeritus George Shorb will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and will present the address. Josh DeSantis, director of the Master of Education Program and recipient of the Presidential Award for Teaching and Mentoring Excellence, will also address the audience.

Shorb began his York College journey when he entered York Junior College in 1965.  He was drafted while a student, and served in the Army’s 1st Infantry Division. He received two purple hearts for injuries sustained in Vietnam. In 1969, Shorb returned home to York and enrolled in what had become York College. An accomplished athlete, he played soccer and was the College’s first player coach on the golf team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management in 1972, a member of the first graduating class of the four-year institution.

Shorb’s first job after graduating was with the Glatfelter Paper Company. He later went on to work in international sales as president of the Atlantic Paper Company in Philadelphia. He is currently president and owner of First Capital Paper Company, which he established in 2005.

Shorb’s service to his alma mater is inspiring. He was the first president of the York College Collegiate Council, and later served as a trustee for 24 years before retiring last spring. During his time on the board, he chaired multiple committees, including Finance, Student Life, and Greens and Grounds. His leadership was instrumental in the effort to launch the West Campus expansion and construction of the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center.

Shorb’s passion for education, athletics and service extends beyond his involvement with York College. He is a past chair of the York Catholic School Board, served for 10 years as the chair of York Youth Soccer, and currently serves as chair of Misericordia Nursing Home Advisory Board, most recently assisting in the $7-million capital campaign to update and renovate the home.

Shorb is a York Catholic High School Sports Hall of Fame member, a York College Sports Hall of Fame member, and in 1998, was recognized by York College with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

An assistant professor of education, DeSantis teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in education technology, research methods, and curriculum design. As an education technologist, he researches, publishes, and presents on various topics including PK-12 technology integration programs, preparing new teachers to use technology, and augmented reality in the classroom.

DeSantis earned his undergraduate degree in social studies education and master’s degree in applied history at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and his Doctorate in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Before accepting a faculty position at York College, he taught Social Studies at Susquenita School District.

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