Penn College to rename building in retiring president’s honor
To honor Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour’s 24-year presidency at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, the college’s Board of Directors has approved naming the Student & Administrative Services Center in her name.
The board convened a special meeting to act on renaming the building during a gala event honoring Gilmour, who is retiring June 30. The board also granted emeritus status to Gilmour, according to a news release from the college.
“It is entirely appropriate that a campus facility impacting the lives of virtually all students and employees will be named for a president who did so much to advance the status of this institution for nearly a quarter century,” said State Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the college’s board.
“Davie Jane Gilmour has served with distinction, guiding the college through a period of robust growth and dynamic innovation while overseeing its development into a national leader in applied technology education. Her leadership has been integral to the college’s success,” Yaw stated in the news release.
During Gilmour’s tenure as president, Penn College, a special mission affiliate of Penn State, has substantially increased its baccalaureate degree offerings and established its first graduate-level programs. The college is also a recognized leader in apprenticeship development through its Workforce Development department, co-administering an $8 million federal grant program to create industry-driven strategies for apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing fields and serving more than 3,200 apprentices in the process, according to the statement from the college.
The release detailed how the college’s partnerships and support from business and industry have grown exponentially during Gilmour’s time as president, as have the number of employers, including many Fortune 500 companies, visiting campus to recruit students at Career Fairs and other events.
As president, Gilmour oversaw a significant expansion of main campus through construction of a new main entrance, the Student & Administrative Services Center, which will bear her name, the Madigan Library, College Avenue Labs, the Center for Business & Workforce Development, the Construction Masonry Building, Rose Street Commons student housing complex, the Field House, UPMC Field, and an expansion of the Welding Lab within the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center. She also oversaw extensive renovations to a number of campus facilities, including the Klump Academic Center.
Under her leadership, and sparked by her advocacy efforts with elected officials and the state Legislature, Penn College’s appropriation funding has risen to nearly $27 million. The college’s own fundraising efforts logged record growth, as well, and student scholarship assistance has grown to the highest level in the institution’s history.
The building which will soon bear Gilmour’s name houses offices for student service such as Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, Veterans & Military and the LEAP Center, which is for first-year student assistance.
The upper floors of the three-story facility, which opened in 2003, include spaces for People and Culture, which was formerly Human Resources, Financial Operations, Information Technology Service, Public Relations & Marketing and executive offices, including the President’s Office and Academic Affairs.
The emeritus honor granted to Gilmour is reserved for retired faculty and staff who have demonstrated a record of distinguished service to students, their department, their academic school and/or the college itself.