Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Honors Former President Dr. William Griscom

Dr. William Griscom, former president of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, was recognized at a retirement reception on June 9, hosted by the College Board of Trustees to honor his legacy at the College. 

In recognition of that legacy, the College will dedicate its Orange Street location as the “Griscom Education Center.” An endowed scholarship in his name was also announced.

Maryann Marotta, Chair of the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Board of Trustees, said, “Throughout Dr. Griscom’s 23 years of dedication to our College, his hallmark was a constant focus on overcoming challenges and making the most of opportunities for the benefit of our students.” 

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce President and member of the College Board of Trustees, Tom Baldrige, and Thaddeus Stevens College President Pedro A. Rivera, announced the naming of the Griscom Education Center. “On behalf of the entire leadership team of Thaddeus Stevens College, I thank Dr. Griscom for his leadership, his vision for what this institution could be, and for the ways he and his family have given to Thaddeus Stevens College. Thanks to his leadership, the College is in a strong position to continue to grow and evolve to reach the full potential inherent in the mission established by our benefactor, Thaddeus Stevens.” 

Pam Smith, Executive Director of the Office of Advancement for Thaddeus Stevens College, was joined by Joe Wysock, member of the College Board of Trustees and President of the Thaddeus Stevens Alumni Association, in announcing the creation of the William E. Griscom Endowed Scholarship fund. The fund was established by leading donors including Eric Blow, President of Astro Machine; Michael McAuliffe Miller, Member, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Frank Greiner; Allen and Nancy Tate; and the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation. Smith said, “Dr. Griscom is not a man of fanfare or attention, but is truly passionate about serving Thaddeus Stevens College students. A gift of lifelong learning for a student is the best way to keep his legacy alive in an impactful way.” 

“It has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life to serve as the President of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology for the last 23 years,” Griscom said at the time of his retirement in January, 2020. “I have been extremely fortunate to lead an incredible team of faculty and staff who are dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the College. I have also been very fortunate to have had the unwavering support of the Board of Trustees, Alumni, Foundation, and the community. Any success we have had, has been the direct result of a total team effort.” 

To learn more about giving to the William E. Griscom Endowed Scholarship fund, contact Sophie Hower, Director, Thaddeus Stevens Foundation, at

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