York College will become York University over the next several months, and the transition will be undergirded by a newly launched $15.9 million fundraising campaign, according to Dr. Sam Smith who made the announcement today in his inaugural presentation on the York campus.
 
President Smith recognized numerous York College friends, family, faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and community neighbors in comments related to his new role as the 21st president at the 131-year-old institution.  The inauguration took place in the Campbell Activity Center and drew an audience of more than 500 guests, including 15 delegates from other academic institutions.