The Gunter-Smith Center for Community Engagement building.


Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute for Public Policy

Downtown York, PA

Public policy research for the community.

The Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute for Public Policy utilizes the intellectual capital of an institution of higher education with the public policy research and administration needs of the community.

The Institute is made possible through generous funding from the Arthur J. and Lee R. Glatfelter Foundation.

About The Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute

Our Mission: 

To provide rigorous, non-partisan social science research, analysis, to inform decision-making on current and relevant community practices, and to educate the next generation of leaders in public affairs.

Our Vision:

The Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute for Public Policy is committed to producing valid, unbiased, and useful studies to support public policies that serve citizens in equitable ways. We are also committed to informing the public about key policy issues through panels, speakers, and other events. 

What We Do:

  • Produce unbiased, bipartisan research reports and policy analyses and develop public policy in order to build a stronger region and help decision makers create effective public policies.
  • Offer a range of events on topics of interest to York’s citizens, featuring expert speakers, panels, debates, film viewings, and community discussions.
  • Support undergraduate-, graduate-, and faculty-driven research aimed at increasing understanding of real-world problems and identifying solutions.
  • Educate public affairs experts and leaders through York College’s affiliated Master of Public Policy and Administration Program and Urban Planning and Nonprofit Leadership Certificates.

Institute for Public Policy Staff

Steve Jacob
Steve G. Jacob, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Community Engagement
Professor, Behavioral Sciences
Center for Community Engagement
Hunter Conrad
Hunter Conrad
Senior Administrative Assistant, Center for Community Engagement
Center for Community Engagement
Rebekah Eyre
Rebekah Eyre
Director of Operations
Center for Community Engagement