More than 50 years ago, the intersection of Station Avenue and Landis Mill Road was little more than a stretch of 300 acres of cornfields with only a few trees, some farmhouses, and a stray barn to interrupt the sweeping landscape.
Over the years, that space has been developed into the home of DeSales University, and now serves more than 3.400 students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Nearly 19,000 alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers serve as ambassadors of the DeSales University education and experience.
But as academic programs continue to grow in stature, as the number of students continues to increase, and as the need for the University to disseminate the teachings of its patron, Saint Francis de Sales, becomes more, the need for facilities is most pressing.
The University completed the first project of the Transformation Campaign by building the Gambet Center for Business and Health Care Education academic building — a showcase of green architecture featuring environmentally advanced design consistent with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards of the U.S. Green Building Council.
DeSales has now completed the first phase of the Athletics Transformation Campaign. In the summer of 2015, DeSales added a lighted turf field and grandstands for lacrosse and field hockey, a second turf practice field adjoining the stadium, a new track, throwing areas, grass practice fields across Station Avenue, and other infrastructure such as parking lots and sidewalks in preparation for future projects.
Recently completed projects include the construction of Weiland Park, a 500-seat baseball facility and McGettigan Softball Park along with a completed concession building servicing outdoor athletic facilities along Preston Lane, as well as restrooms and a beautiful plaza area.
For more information on your opportunity to contribute to the growth of DeSales University, contact Institutional Advancement at (610) 282-4604.