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York College names new Kinsley school after $5.5M gift

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

York College is adding more Kinsley to its academics.

After a $5.5 million gift commitment from the Kinsley family, York College will create and support The Kinsley School of Engineering, Science and Technology, according to a news release.

The new school will bring biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and all engineering programs under one umbrella, according to the release.

The Kinsley School of Engineering, Science and Technology is the second of a new school-based departmentalization model, York College spokeswoman Mary Dolheimer said.

Bob Kinsley, a graduate of York Junior College and founder of Kinsley Construction, called the donation an additional piece to a lasting partnership between the family and the college to create more industrial jobs in York.

“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,” he said in the news release.

Students milling about the York College campus.

The Kinsley name already has a presence at York College — The Kinsley Engineering Center opened in 2008 with support from Kinsley and supports hands-on training to more than 400 students with studies focused on engineering, the release states.

Before the opening of the Engineering Center, Kinsley and other local industry leaders consulted with former York College president George Waldner to develop the school’s engineering program in 1993.

York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith praised the program’s creation, calling Kinsley’s addition to the school a “fitting recognition” for his service to the college.

“This is truly a transformative gift that will provide resources for students in all of our STEM disciplines,” Gunter-Smith said in the news release. “We are grateful for the Kinsley family’s generosity and acknowledgement of York College's commitment to excellence.”