Established in 1966 as Pennsylvania's first upper division and graduate center, Penn State Harrisburg has served a vital role in the south central Pennsylvania community for more than half a century. Located in Middletown, eight miles east of Harrisburg and on the site of the 19th-century Keystone Farm, the college occupies 218 acres that operated as the Olmsted Air Force Base until it was purchased by the Pennsylvania State University and named the "Capitol Campus." In just 50 years, Penn State Harrisburg has grown from only 18 students to become a comprehensive four-year college and graduate school with an enrollment of over 4,500. Featuring rare photographs and unique publications from the school's extensive archives, Penn State Harrisburg illustrates the college's journeythe people, places, events, and activities that have influenced its tremendous progress since the 1960s.
About the Author
Heidi Abbey Moyer, MA, MLS, is the archivist, humanities reference librarian, and coordinator of Archives and Special Collections at Penn State Harrisburg. Born and raised in Harrisburg, Moyer publishes and lectures on the importance of documenting and preserving history through material culture. Mukund S. Kulkarni, PhD, who joined the School of Business Administration as a professor of finance in 1985, has served as the chancellor of Penn State Harrisburg since 2010.
Table of Contents
1 Evolving from Farm to Air Force Base: 1858-1965 11
2 Establishing a Campus Community: 1966-1969 19
3 Thriving in Turbulent Times: 1970-1979 33
4 Transforming from Campus to College: 1980-1989 49
5 Branching Beyond Middletown: 1990-1999 75
6 Breaking New Ground: 2000-2009 93
7 Embracing Dramatic Change: 2010-2015 101
8 Penn State Harrisburg, Then and Now: 1966-2015 117
Leadership History 124
About Penn State 127