Chancellor of Harrisburg highlights campus growth and educational leadership

MIDDLETOWN, Pa .– Penn State Harrisburg Chancellor Mukund Kulkarni reflected on the campus’s 50-year history as an education leader and economic engine in the Capital Region, while discussing the growth and of campus transformation, during the university’s board of directors in July meeting, held on campus.

Penn State Harrisburg celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Founded on the site of the former Olmsted Air Force Base in 1966 as the Capitol Campus of Penn State, the campus was Pennsylvania’s first college and university, and one of only three in the country at the time. In the space of 50 years, the campus has grown from eight faculty, 18 undergraduates and 165 graduate students to 371 full-time and part-time faculty and 5,000 students from the United States and 45 countries.

“Penn State Harrisburg has experienced 15 years of uninterrupted growth in registrations,” said Kulkarni. “We have a diverse student body. The campus community as a whole embraces a welcoming and inclusive environment. This diversity improves the educational experience for all students.

The campus now offers more than 65 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs and, over the past five decades, has seen significant growth in academic and extracurricular programming, grounds and architecture, and college community itself as it has grown from an Air Force base to a regional leader in higher education.

“We are very pleased to welcome the Board of Directors this year as we wrap up Penn State Harrisburg’s 50th anniversary celebration,” said Kulkarni. “The campus has grown considerably since then and has really started to realize its full potential and full transformation into a place of intellectual engagement and also vital to the local economy.”

Kulkarni praised the campus reputation for academic excellence and student service, as well as the expertise of its faculty and staff.

“The expertise of our faculty is the basis of one of the campus’s greatest contributions to the region: intellectual capital. It is the basis of our outreach to business and industry, government and community organizations.

Penn State Harrisburg is home to a number of research centers and institutes. Each has a specific mission and each represents an important resource for the Commonwealth, Kulkarni said. The newest addition to this list is the Campus Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.

“We are proud to have been among the first campuses to receive seed funding through President Eric Barron’s Invent Penn State initiative to create the center,” Kulkarni added. “Our effort is somewhat unique in that we have partnered in collaboration with Penn State’s College of Medicine and Dickinson Law. We are excited to be able to expand Invent Penn State’s goals in the region in this way, and now is the perfect time and way for us to take another step forward in our evolution as an important economic development engine in the world. central Pennsylvania. “

Janice G. Ball