Harrisburg University Renames Prestigious Award in Honor of Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed

Former longtime Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed is pictured left signing the last beam to be installed at HU’s academic center during a building topping off ceremony.

Harrisburg University of Science & Technology has announced that it has renamed its annual Impact Award in honor of Stephen R. Reed, who passed away January 25, 2020 following a long battle with cancer. The Impact Award is the highest honor award given by the University and is presented at the University’s Annual Gala celebration. It is a symbol of the recipient’s dedication to and support of Harrisburg University. Mayor Reed was a visionary who changed the landscape of Harrisburg and was instrumental in establishing Harrisburg University.

“Mayor Stephen R. Reed was a true statesman and a leader who saw so much potential in our city, community, and an educational center for STEM learning and development. The Stephen R. Reed Impact Award is just one way we choose to honor his legacy,” said Dr. Eric Darr, Harrisburg University President. “Harrisburg University was just a sliver of the vision Mayor Reed had for our community and we are forever beneficiaries of his work and dedication to higher education.”

This year, Harrisburg University is awarding the first officially titled Stephen R. Reed Impact Award to Tim Weston, a partner at K&L Gates LLP, and Mary Webber Weston, businesswoman and community volunteer. They will be honored at the 2020 HU Annual Gala set for Saturday, April 18, at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg. The award is sponsored by the Select Medical Corporation.

Former Mayor Stephen R. Reed is pictured with students outside of the university.

Previous Impact Award recipients include:

2016: Robert Ortenzio

2017: David Schankweiler

2018: Commissioner Jeff Haste

2019: Anthony Pascotti

In addition to the Stephen R. Reed Impact Award, the Gala also supports the Emerging Scholars Assistance Fund, which provides financial aid to disadvantaged students who need help beyond college tuition. The fund supports students by helping cover the costs of food, clothing and rent.

For more information on the 2020 Annual Gala, visit gala.harrisburgu.edu

About Harrisburg University

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Harrisburg University is a private non-profit university offering bachelor and graduate degree programs in science, technology, and math fields to a diverse student body.

For more information, visit www.harrisburgu.edu