Thompson Recognizes 50th Anniversary of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford During U.S. House Session

December 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the completion of legislative business Monday in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, PA-5, delivered remarks in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Bradford, Pa.  Thompson praised the university’s founders and generations of teachers, faculty, and students for their contributions to higher education and the region’s economy.  The full remarks and video footage are included below.  

Remarks as prepared:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 50th Anniversary of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, which is located in McKean County, Pennsylvania.

50 years ago, Pitt-Bradford was a few buildings with just about 300 students. Over the decades, the school has grown from a two-year feeder campus to a distinguished and thriving four-year university.

Today, Pitt-Bradford’s campus is home to 1,600 students and about 10,000 alumni from across the entire country. The university offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, five associate degrees, and more than 50 minors. For the last nine consecutive years Pitt-Bradford has been ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the best colleges in the Northeast.

Due to the University, local industries have greater access to scientific and technical expertise, area residents have access to a growing numbers of jobs, and the region’s economy has greatly benefitted as a result.   

I offer my praise to the University’s founders and the generations of school administrators, teachers, and students who have worked to turn this small campus into a renowned institution of higher learning.  

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I yield back the balance of my time."

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