2022: A New Name, Same Mission
The York College Board of Trustees voted and approved on January 15, 2021, to adopt
the name York University. The transition was announced September 23, 2021, by Dr. Sam Smith ’95 during his inauguration
as the institution’s 21st president. It was decided that "University" better describes
York's profile as a comprehensive higher education institution offering undergraduate
and graduate programs. Recent record enrollments, tripling of the permanent endowment
over the past decade, and ongoing fundraising successes provided the right momentum
and time to make the transition. The transition is undergirded by a recently launched $15.9 million fundraising campaign, To Honor and To Serve.
The name change also honors the late Dr. Dale Larsen, York College's fourteenth president,
whose vision for the school led to his tireless efforts to re-open the shuttered institution
in 1956. In his last comments to the campus, delivered by a recorded message during
the 2009 homecoming chapel, he said, “And we believe that in years to come instead
of calling them (our alumni) former York College students we might even call them
former York University students.” While Dr. Larsen’s words were always carefully measured,
his dream for the institution was bold and irrepressible.