York Technical College's VP
of Development, Foundation Director Duffy Retires
February 28, 2011
ROCK HILL—York Technical College has announced the retirement of
Vice President for Development Dr. Ed Duffy, following 28 years of service.
The York Technical College Foundation was chartered in 1983 under Duffy’s direction,
and he has led it to its current position of strength—funding
countless projects in support of the college's mission.
He also developed student scholarships as a
primary project of the Foundation, much of the support raised through
annual Dawn-to-Dusk Golf Marathons, a favorite project of former
Foundation board member Bill Kimbrell.
In the late 80s, Duffy spearheaded an outreach
effort to respond to the need for a child development center on
campus. That was followed by his work with the Foundation, faculty,
and staff on other important projects, including the Anne Springs Close Library, the Baxter M. Hood Continuing Education Center, the Institute for Manufacturing Productivity, and the Science & Technology
Duffy has been instrumental in the Foundation receiving the donation of a number of properties, including the land that is now the home of the Chester Center.
Through the years, he also secured
grants to address the needs of students with learning disabilities,
paving the way
for the college's Special Resources Office. Duffy also brought numerous grants and contracts
to York Tech from the
U.S. Department of Transportation and the Department of Energy that allowed
the college to serve as host to the Energy Resource Center and the Advanced Transportation Lab.
Duffy has also been involved in many civic and
economic development organizations in York, Chester, and Lancaster
counties, including his current service on the boards of the American
Red Cross and the Chester Regional Medical Center.
Duffy’s greatest legacy may be his tireless
efforts in the development of the Chester Center. His work to raise
public and private funds were vital to making the fully-equipped,
32,000-square-foot center a reality.
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