Children's Learning Center Named for Board Chairman, Wife

Published 04.26.2012

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From left, Maureen Dunham, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and Board of Directors Chairman Robert E. DunhamThe Children's Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been named for retiring Penn College Board of Directors Chairman Robert E. Dunham and his wife, Maureen.

A surprise unveiling took place at the center after Thursday's board of directors meeting at the college. Dunham is stepping down as board chairman in June.

After a long, distinguished career in higher education, Dunham retired in 1998 from The Pennsylvania State University as senior vice president and dean of the Commonwealth Education System. He has served as chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors since 1997.

During his tenure as board chairman at Penn College, Dunham has provided leadership for the design and construction of a new main entrance, the Student and Administrative Services Center, College Avenue Labs, the Madigan Library, the Center for Business & Workforce Development, Rose Street Commons student housing complex, and the Construction Masonry Building, as well as renovation of many campus facilities, including extensive work at the historic Klump Academic Center.

Maureen Dunham is a retired elementary public school teacher, having taught for 28 years in Pomona, Calif.; Ventura, Calif.; West Lafayette, Ind.; and the State College area. She helped found and administer a nontuition Friendship Tutoring Program for elementary school students in the State College area who need help with math, science and reading skills.

The couple also established the Robert E. and Maureen Dunham Scholarship in 2004 for students enrolled in bachelor-degree programs at Penn College.

"We are delighted to recognize the invaluable contributions of Bob and Maureen with this honor," said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. "We wish to thank them both for their continuing support of the college and for their tireless efforts to improve the lives of young people."

The Children's Learning Center is a Pennsylvania-licensed childcare center (Keystone 4 Stars) and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Located in the Hager Lifelong Education Center at Penn College, the CLC serves students, faculty and staff whose children need high-quality, on-campus care and education while their parents are working or attending classes. The center cares for children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years during the school year, and through age 7 (when space is available) during the summer.

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