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Harcum College - A Centennial History

Harcum College

An 80-page history of Harcum College by Anders Back, Director of Internal Communications and Publications, complete with dozens of color and archival photos, which will be published in October 2016.

“This book is a tribute to the many trustees, presidents, faculty, and staff who devoted their time, creativity, and hard work to make a Harcum education and degree relevant and valuable to students and alumni during the past century. It will encourage interest and further study and help lead to the development of a comprehensive archive that brings together the many strands of Harcum’s unique history.” – Dr. Jon Jay DeTemple, President

“Anders Back has done an amazing job writing the history of Harcum, which reads so well and shows the development of the College. At times, it was almost like reading a novel, as he writes about what was going on in the outside world and its effect on Harcum.” – Louise Strauss, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees

This hardbound volume with an attractive dust jacket is available for $25 for our graduating seniors and can be picked up at Commencement on May 13.

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About the Author:

Anders Back is the Director of Internal Communications and Publications at Harcum College where he has worked since 2007. He is also the President of the College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals (CUPRAP), a mid-Atlantic association of higher education communications professionals, with some 400 members representing over 100 universities, colleges, and schools in Pennsylvania and neighboring states. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of CUPRAP from 1994-1998, was reelected to the Board in 2011, and elected President in 2015.

Back served as Director of Communications at Montgomery County Community College for twelve years and held marketing communications positions at Philadelphia University and the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He has a B.A. degree from Antioch College and an M.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Back has been an active freelance writer since 1990, and currently writes for online and print publications of Digital First Media.

Anders Back