Endowed Chair Given

Performing Arts to receive funding for endowed chair

York College President Steve Eckman announced Tuesday that the College is receiving a gift to fund an endowed chair in the performing arts. This anonymous gift totaling more than $1million will be given over the next five years to underwrite a faculty salary for the performing arts. “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of this donor,” said Eckman, “and are so grateful for the confidence expressed in the future of York College by a gift of this magnitude."

Dr. Clark Roush, chairman of the performing arts department, was thrilled at the news. “I am humbled and honored by this gift and grateful for the stability this will bring both the music department and the performing arts at York College. It is certainly rewarding when someone believes in your work to the extent they will financially support it to this level.” Roush has been directing York's music program for 23 years.

York College has long been recognized for the excellence of its performing arts. The York College Concert Choir has been invited to perform at Lincoln Center in New York City in June. Relatedly, the York College drama department is widely known in the region for its annual children's theater performances, currently reaching over 20 schools and programs.

York College's performing arts program includes bachelor's degrees in vocal music, music education, and theatre. Eckman added, "The donor recognizes the growing strength of our performing arts program and wanted to invest in Christian education and the arts. This gift will insure and enrich the opportunities available for students in York's performing arts program for years to come."

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