Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
|Endowment||$36.9 million (2019)|
|President||Dr. Charles E. Patterson, interim |
|302 full time|
130 part time
|Campus||Rural, 200 acres (810,000 m²)|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – PSAC|
Cumberland Valley State Normal School Historic District
|Location||Roughly bounded by N. Prince St., Stewart, Old Main, Gilbert and Henderson Drs., Shippensburg, Pennsylvania|
|Area||7 acres (2.8 ha)|
|Architectural style||Second Empire architecture, Classical architecture|
|NRHP reference No.||85000076|
|Added to NRHP||January 11, 1985|
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (Ship or SU) is a public university in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. It is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Founded in 1871, it later became the first teachers college in Pennsylvania. Shippensburg University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
The commonwealth legislated the State Normal School for "the education and training of teachers" in the seventh district (7 counties) to be in Shippensburg, and in 1871 the cornerstone was laid for the 212 ft (65 m) building designated the Cumberland Valley State Normal School. In 1917 the school was purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
On June 4, 1926, the school was authorized to grant the Bachelor of Science in education degree in elementary and junior high education. The school received a charter on October 12, 1926, making it the first normal school in Pennsylvania to become a state teachers college. On June 3, 1927, the State Council of Education authorized the school to change its name to the State Teachers College at Shippensburg.
The business education curriculum was approved on December 3, 1937. On December 8, 1939, Shippensburg State Teachers College became the first teachers college in Pennsylvania and the fourth in the United States to be accredited by the Middle States Association of colleges and (Secondary) Schools.
The State Council of Education approved graduate work leading to the Master of Education degree on January 7, 1959. On January 8, 1960, the name change to Shippensburg State College was authorized.
The arts and sciences curriculum was authorized by the State Council of Education on April 18, 1962, and the Bachelor of Science in business administration degree program was initiated on September 1, 1967.
On November 12, 1982, the governor of the Commonwealth signed Senate Bill 506 establishing the State System of Higher Education. Shippensburg State College was designated Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania effective July 1, 1983.
Shippensburg University offers more than 100 undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services, and the John L. Grove College of Business. It also offers more than 50 master's degree programs, 2 doctoral programs, and 3 post-bachelor or post-master's certificate programs in 17 fields of study in the School of Graduate Studies. The university is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and specific degree programs are accredited by AACSB International, ABET, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, American Chemical Society, Council on Social Work Education, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, International Association of Counseling Services, National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers, and Council for Exceptional Children.
Schools and colleges
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Education and Human Services
- John L. Grove College of Business
- Elnetta G. Jones University Center for Student Success and Exploratory Studies
- School of Engineering
- School of Graduate Studies
- Wood Honors College
The Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education (formerly the Office of Extended Studies) also offers a variety of courses, workshops, training sessions, continuing education, and credit and non-credit courses.
The U.S. News & World Report again ranked Shippensburg University among the top universities in the North in its annual review "America's Best Colleges 2021." It also ranked Ship #25 in the "Top Public Schools" category.
The Ezra Lehman Memorial Library provides digital access to its holdings, the holdings of the State Library of Pennsylvania and 24 other academic libraries, a variety of full-text databases, electronic books, and Internet sites. The library collection includes over 2 million items, including bound volumes, microfilm pieces, periodicals, audiovisual titles, government documents, and The Shippensburg University Archives. The Information and Computing Technologies Center maintains a campus network with a number of computer labs for student use. Each student at SU receives an email account and access to the Internet.
Shippensburg University is an NCAA Division II school and one of eighteen schools to compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). The school maintains intercollegiate programs for baseball, basketball (Men & Women), cross country (Men & Women), field hockey, football, lacrosse (Men & Women), soccer (Men & Women), softball, track and field (Men & Women), swimming (Men & Women), tennis (Women), volleyball (Women) and wrestling. Several club sports, such as rugby (Men & Women), Ultimate Frisbee and the inline hockey team, also participate in independent leagues. The home venue of the university's football and track & field programs is Seth Grove Stadium. The team name is the Raiders, and the mascot is "Big Red," a red-tail hawk wearing a pirates hat. The team colors are blue and red.
- Carl Barger, founding President of The Miami Marlins
- Rob Davis, former National Football League long-snapper; current assistant head coach for the Dallas Cowboys
- Chris Flook, former Bermuda Olympic swimmer, 1992 Summer Olympics
- Phil Galiano, Assistant Special Teams Coach for The New Orlean Saints
- Dave Geyer, University Swim Team Coach for Louisiana State University
- Brent Grimes, former National Football League cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Ron Johnson, former National Football League defensive end, Philadelphia Eagles
- John Kuhn, former National Football League fullback, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers
- Steve Spence, former United States Olympic long-distance runner, 1992 Summer Olympics; Bronze Medalist, 1991 IAAF World Championships in Athletics
- Richard Alloway, Pennsylvania State Senator
- Lisa Baker, Pennsylvania State Senator
- Ray Boland, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
- Lieutenant General William G. Boykin, United States Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (retired)
- Jeffrey W. Coy, former member, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; commissioner, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (2004–2018)
- Ronald Crimm, member, Kentucky House of Representatives
- Ambassador Dell L. Dailey, coordinator for counterterrorism, United States Department of State
- Judge Richard Dietz, North Carolina Court of Appeals
- Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Clay Ford, former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives (1975–1976), and the Florida House of Representatives (2007–2013)
- Ruth E. Hodge, retired archivist, U.S. Army and Pennsylvania State Archives
- John Kline, U.S. Congressman from Minnesota (2011–2017)
- Todd Platts, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania 19th District (2001–2013), judge, York County Court of Common Pleas (2014–present)
- Andrew A. Serafini, member, Maryland House of Delegates (2008–present)
- Jeanne Shaheen, first woman to be elected Governor of New Hampshire (1997–2003) and U.S. Senator from New Hampshire (2009–present)
- Todd Stephens (politician), Pennsylvania House of Representatives 151st District, (2010–present)
Entertainment and Media
- Jonathan Koch, producer
- John Hamilton, actor
- Chris Raab a.k.a. "Raab Himself", television personality
- Lil Skies, hip hop artist
- General John N. Abrams Commanding General of the United States Army's Training and Doctrine Command
- Brigadier General John Bahnsen, Vietnam War veteran, recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross and 5 Silver Stars
- Lieutenant General Robert L. Schweitzer, Distinguished Service Cross recipient
- Brigadier General Ralph T. Browning, former commander of 58th Fighter Wing, USAF and a POW of the Vietnam War
- Lieutenant General Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury, 11th Commander of the Bangladesh Army
- Lieutenant General George R. Christmas, commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force and Navy Cross recipient
- Lieutenant General Johnnie H. Corns, commander of United States Army Pacific
- Lieutenant General James W. Crysel, commander Second United States Army and 25th Infantry Division
- Brigadier General Pat Foote, first female brigade commander in Europe, first female inspector general for Army, first female commander of Fort Belvoir
- General John William Foss, commanding general of the United States Army's Training and Doctrine Command
- General Tommy Franks, commander of the U.S. Central Command, American occupation forces in Iraq (retired)
- Lieutenant General Jay Garner, director of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq
- General Ronald Houston Griffith, Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army (VCSA) from 1995 to 1997
- Lieutenant General James R. Hall, final commanding officer of the Fourth United States Army
- Lieutenant General William Hardin Harrison, commander of I Corps and 7th Infantry Division.
- Major General Orris E. Kelly, 14th Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
- Lieutenant General Guy A. J. LaBoa, commanded the 4th Infantry Division and First United States Army
- Lieutenant General John M. LeMoyne, commander 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army Infantry Center, contributed to the quick end of the Persian Gulf War
- General David D. McKiernan, four-star general, U.S. Army Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
- Lieutenant General David Melcher, former president and CEO, The Aerospace Industries Association, USAA Bank board of directors
- Lieutenant General Burton D. Patrick, commander of the 101st Airborne Division
- Lieutenant General Kenneth L. Peek Jr., commander of Strategic Air Command
- General Dennis Reimer, 33rd Chief of Staff of the Army, Distinguished Flying Cross recipient
- General Thomas C. Richards, chief of staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
- Lieutenant General Michael Rochelle, Army Deputy Chief of Staff
- Major General Charles Calvin Rogers, Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War
- Lieutenant General Roger C. Schultz, lieutenant general and director of the Army National Guard, 1998–2005
- Brigadier General Andrew M. Schuster, U.S. National Guard brigadier general
- Major General Sidney Shachnow, United States Army, twice awarded the Silver Star, Holocaust survivor
- John W. Shannon, United States Secretary of the Army, 1984–1989, & United States Under Secretary of the Army, 1989–1993
- General Carl Stiner, commander United States Special Operations Command
- Lieutenant General Herbert R. Temple, Jr., lieutenant general and Chief of the National Guard Bureau, 1986–1990
- Lieutenant General Michael S. Tucker, commanding general of the First United States Army
- Major General Abraham J. Turner (retired), former executive director for the Department of Employment and Workforce in South Carolina
- Lieutenant General Clyde A. Vaughn, director of the Army National Guard
- General Carl E. Vuono, commanding general of the United States Army's Training and Doctrine Command
- Lieutenant General Calvin Waller, former commander of military operations for CENTCOM during the Persian Gulf War
- Major General Kevin R. Wendel, commanding general of First United States Army
- Colonel Eugene R. Brady, Navy Cross recipient
- Jessica James, historical fiction author
- Justin Jordan, comics writer
- Dean Koontz, author & New York Times Best Seller
Business and Education
- Michele Buck, Chairman, President and CEO, The Hershey Company
- Candace Introcaso, President, La Roche College
- Tom Jackson Jr., Ph.D., President, Humboldt State University
- Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, President emeritus of The University of Texas at San Antonio
- William E. Klunk, renowned American psychiatrist and Alzheimer's researcher at the University of Pittsburgh
- Jesús E. Maldonado, American geneticist at the Smithsonian Institution
- Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., President, Stevenson University
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- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
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The counties of Cumberland, Adams, Fulton, Franklin, Bedford, Huntingdon and Blair comprise the Seventh Normal School district of the State. The Normal School for this district is being built at Shippensburg and will be known as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School. The building is 212 feet long and over 150 feet wide.
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- Rhodes, Lisa R. (April 1, 2011). "Division commander settles into new job". www.army.mil/. Washington, DC.
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