Penn State York in the 1920s
In 1926, a young chemical engineer named Bill Allen moved to York to work for a metallurgy firm. He was told by his boss to determine costs for the firm's
Penn State set up a program in accountancy, conducted
by Engineering Extension and taught by professors who commuted to York
from State College, at the newly built York YMCA, and the beginning of
a long relationship between Penn State and the York area began.
Thanks to the work of Bill Allen, the connection with Penn State was made and York began reaping the benefits of University resources. Allen, whose grandchildren later attended Penn State, always considered Penn State York his special grandchild.