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Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue to Speak at Penn State York Commencement

4/30/2008 —

Penn State York will celebrate its 38th annual spring commencement at 6 p.m. Friday, May 16, in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at the campus.  Thomas W. Wolf, Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue, is the commencement speaker.  The campus will award associate and baccalaureate degrees and recognize master's degree graduates during the program.  The ceremony is free and open to the public.   For those who cannot attend the event, Penn State York's commencement can be viewed on Comcast cable channel 18, or for the first time, streaming on the Web site at www2.yk.psu.edu/commencement.

A good friend and strong supporter of Penn State York over the years, Wolf has been especially supportive of the campus’ effort to become more international.  Wolf was nominated as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue in January 2007 by Governor Edward G. Rendell and confirmed on April 25, 2007.He was appointed by the Governor to serve on the 12-member Pennsylvania Business Tax Reform Commission, which issued a report in 2004 recommending changes to make business taxes fairer, simpler and more competitive with other states.

Prior to his position with the state, Wolf served as Chairman of the Board and President of the Wolf Organization, Inc., a family-owned building materials business based in York, PA. The Wolf Organization distributes building materials through 30 branches located along the eastern seaboard. It was ranked among the top 50 Best Places to Work in PA in 2006.

Wolf earned his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981 and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of London in 1978. He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with a bachelor of arts degree in 1972.

He has a long history as a volunteer for many community and charitable organizations. He has served as President of Better York, Inc.; Chair of the Board of Trustees for York College of Pa.; Board Member of the Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Business Roundtable; Chair of the Lancaster York Heritage Region, York County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of York County, WITF, Inc., and The York County Community Foundation.

He lives in Mt. Wolf with his wife Frances; they have two grown daughters, Sarah and Katherine.

In addition to hearing from Wolf, Penn State York will continue its tradition of the open microphone where graduates can speak for a moment.  The top associate degree, baccalaureate, and master’s degree graduates will also say a few words.  A number of former Penn State York students who completed their degree work at another campus of Penn State will return to their home campus, York, to receive their degrees during the ceremony.

A reception, sponsored by the Penn State York Alumni Society, will follow the ceremony in the John T. and Paige S. Smith Atrium and mezzanine areas of the Pullo Center.

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