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Donor gifts new leadership studies building to Penn State York

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From left: Penn State York Chancellor David Chown, HACC President John J. "Ski" Sygielski, and Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor Francis K. Achampong sign articulation agreements allowing graduates with a HACC associate degree to enroll in a parallel Penn State Mont Alto or Penn State York program.

Penn State York will soon have a dedicated building for its entrepreneurial leadership studies program thanks to a donation from local businessman Don Graham.

Graham helped found The Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies in 2013, and his latest gift will go toward the construction of a 5,000-square-foot, on-campus building, according to a news release by the school.

The gift will add funds to The Graham Center's endowment, the release states. A school spokeswoman, by Graham's request, declined to release the amount of the donation.

The new building, which will be located next to the Edward M. Elias Science Building, will feature meeting space for groups of up to 100 and offices for center staff.

“By enhancing The Graham Center, Graham’s gift will enable enterprising students and community members in York to turn their business ideas into reality, transforming their own livelihoods and enriching our community,” Penn State York Chancellor David W. Chown said in the release.

“I hope that others who care about the economic vitality of York will join Don in supporting these exciting efforts,” he added.

Graham founded The Graham Group, a York-based global manufacturing business that includes four independent private equity firms, at age 27 in the basement of a rented farmhouse in Dover, Penn State noted in its release.

At age 84 he remains actively involved with The Graham Group, according to the university.