Robert W. Pullo
Chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Waypoint/York Federal Foundation, Inc.
Robert W. Pullo is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Waypoint/York Federal Foundation, Inc. Now retired from banking after a career spanning forty-seven years, Pullo is active in the community and has been an advocate for Penn State York for more than twenty-five years. Pullo has served as chair of the Penn State York Advisory Board and was also chair of the Grand Destiny Campaign, a campaign which raised nearly $10 million in support of the campus.
In addition to his foundation work, Pullo remains active in the York community. He is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Welsh Recycling Inc., chairman of the board of Hystar Enterprises, LLC, chairman of the Investors Advisory Board of Meridian Venture Partners, a venture capital company; and chairman of the board of the William F. Goodling Advanced Skills Center.
Pullo’s banking career began back in 1958 when he left high school to become a messenger at the State Street Bank and Trust in Boston. He rose rapidly in the banking profession and in 1976 was recruited after a national search to be executive vice-president of the York Federal Savings and Loan based in York, Pennsylvania. Five years later he became president of the bank. He successfully took York Federal to become a publicly traded company and accomplished two ensuing mergers and is considered one of the areas most prominent financial leaders.
In the late 1980s, Pullo played a pivotal role in securing the transfer of 34-acres of wooded property from the City of York to the University. That transfer not only expanded the physical space of the campus, but eventually became the site of the new Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, the Lee. R. Glatfelter Library, and the John T. and Paige S. Smith Atrium.
In 1997, the Pullos established the Pullo Family Fund to encourage Penn State York faculty to engage in innovative technology-based projects that involve collaboration with high school teachers in the region. The Pullos also established the Pullo Family Technology Center in York’s Information Sciences and Technology Center to encourage faculty to become familiar with the latest technology in support of their teaching and research.
Most recently, the Pullo family’s substantial financial support enabled the campus to complete the construction of the new performing arts center/library/classroom building. The Pullo Family Performing Arts Center is named in honor of Robert and Donna Pullo and their family’s lifelong commitment to education, culture, and the arts.
Earlier this year, Pullo received the 2006 York City Humanitarian Award, the 2006 Volunteer of the Year Good Samaritan Award from the York County Chamber of Commerce, and will be accorded honorary alumni status at Penn State in University Park on June 2 and 3.
Originally from Somerville, Massachusetts, outside of Boston, Pullo resides in York with his wife, Donna. They have four grown children, Robert, Jr., Julie, Susan, and Tracey; and five grandsons.