Commencement Speaker

Commencement Speaker

Dr. David W. Chown, Chancellor

February 2013–Present

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Spring 2018 Speaker

David W. Chown, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Chancellor of Penn State York

Dr. Chown has served the campus and the University for more than five years, and will be retiring as chancellor effective August 1. A national search is under way to identify a new chancellor for Penn State York.

Dr. Chown became the chancellor of Penn State York in February 2013, leaving his position as chief academic officer and senior vice president for the residential university of Upper Iowa University (UIU). Prior to his work at UIU, Chown served as business dean at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and served as dean of the McCamish School of Business at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia.

Under Dr. Chown’s leadership, the campus added new four-year majors that can be completed in York, signed an articulation agreement with Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), and expanded The Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies (The Graham Center). The Graham Center expansion includes a new home for the center, and a variety of new opportunities for students interested in gaining knowledge concerning entrepreneurial leadership and economic development. The new Graham Center for Innovation and Collaboration should be completed in fall 2019.

Also during Dr. Chown’s tenure, Penn State York hired its first full-time athletic director and added new athletic programs; made history with the establishment of the Women’s Philanthropic Network (WPN), the first such group at the University; and the campus endowment has increased.

His work in the community includes serving as a member of the York Rotary Club, the York County Economic Alliance Breakfast Club, Better York, and the Healthy York County Coalition Leadership Council.

He holds a Ph.D. in business administration from The University of Iowa, a masters in management from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Central College, Pella, Iowa.

Following his retirement as chancellor from Penn State York, Chown, 71, will take on other duties for the University through September 30. He and his wife, Peggy, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Penn State York, currently live in York but plan to return to Iowa to live after his retirement.