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 Bill Allen
products, but Allen didn't have the background necessary to do the job. He contacted J. Orvis Keller at Penn State, and urged him to organize a business management course in York for fourteen students, all of whom had engineering backgrounds.
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.