Milestones and Memories

Milestones and Memories

Currents Spring Summer 2017
Spring-Summer 2017

Penn State Harrisburg was founded in 1966 as Penn State’s Capitol Campus, Pennsylvania’s first upper division and graduate school and one of only three in the nation at the time. In the span of 50 years, the college has grown from eight faculty members, 18 undergraduates and 165 graduate students to more than 5,000 students. Over the college’s five decades, there has been immense change – in academic and co-curricular programming, grounds and architecture, and the college community itself. Here’s a look at the leaders and milestones in the college’s tremendous transformation from an Air Force base to a regional leader in higher education.

1966
Capitol campus opens for classes

1966
George D. Wolf was appointed first faculty member

1967
Enrollment tripled to 564 students

1968
First graduating class of 12 students traveled to University Park for commencement ceremony

1969
First commencement on campus; 251 degrees awarded

1970 
Meade Heights housing complex opened to students

1970 
Capital Union Building (CUB) construction completed

1980 
Current academic units created: Business Administration; Public Affairs; Humanities; Behavioral Sciences and Education; Science, Engineering, and Technology; Library

1984
Science and Technology Building dedicated

1986
Campus gains “college” status; name becomes The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg—Capital College

1988 
Ph.D. in public administration established—first doctorate offered outside of University Park

1989
Between 1989 and 1994, college academic units received “school” status

1991
Simon Bronner named college’s first Distinguished Professor, in American studies

2000
New library opened

2001 
Freshmen admitted into the college’s first four-year program, Information Sciences and Technology

2002 
New student housing opened

2003
Began offering all four years of study in five undergraduate majors in science, engineering, and technology

2004
Began admitting first-year students in all programs

2005
Ziegler Commons dedicated

2006
Hoverter Tennis Complex dedicated

2006
2000-pound Nittany Lion Shrine permanently placed on Vartan Plaza

2007
Linda Schwab Holocaust Reading Room dedicated

2010
Shaun Gabbidon named Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice

2011 
100th commencement

2015
Educational Activities Building addition completed

2016
Beverly Cigler named Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Administration

2016
Student Enrichment Center dedicated

2016
Enrollment reaches 5,046

Penn State Harrisburg leadership over the years

1966-1972
Coleman Herpel
Capitol Campus Director

1967-1973
Richard H. Heindel
Dean of Faculty

1972-1978
Robert E. McDermott
Provost

1973-1978
George D. Wolf
Dean of Faculty

1979-1983
Theodore L. Gross
Provost and Dean

1983-1984
Stanley N. Miller
Acting Provost and Dean

1984-1994 
Ruth Leventhal
Provost and Dean

1995 
Theodore E. Kiffer
Interim Provost and Dean

1995-1999 
John G. Bruhn
Provost and Dean

1999-2000 
John L. Leathers
Interim Provost and Dean

2000-2010 
Madlyn L. Hanes
Chancellor

2010-Present 
Mukund S. Kulkarni
Chancellor