|The House of Representatives approved a House resolution authored by Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) recognizing the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Wilson College in Chambersburg
HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today unanimously passed a House resolution authored by Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) recognizing the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Wilson College in Chambersburg.
Wilson College was founded as a college for women in 1869. It is named after Sarah Wilson, who provided the initial gift for the establishment of the college. Sarah was the first living woman in the United States to endow a college specifically for women. The college’s intended purpose was to provide an education for young women in literature, science and the arts.
“Although small in size, Wilson has proven to be an enormous asset to Franklin County and all of Pennsylvania,” said Kauffman. “It sets a high bar for how colleges need to reinvent themselves and respond to student needs in order to succeed and grow.”
In 1982, recognizing a growing population of adults seeking continuing education, the college was one of the first in the region to begin offering a continuing studies program. And in 1996, the college became one of the first in the country to offer on-campus, residential education for single mothers with children. Since the program began, it has won national attention and Wilson has become the National Center for Single Mothers in Higher Education.
Today, the college admits both men and women and the academic programming has continued to expand and intensify.
“I want to extend my best wishes to the students, alumni, faculty and administration on the 150th anniversary of Wilson College,” said Kauffman.
Joining Kauffman in the House chamber was Wilson College President Dr. Barbara Mistick. She has led the college since 2011.
Representative Rob Kauffman
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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