Robert and Barbara Bartos in front of the child and family
center that was renamed in their honor

Child-family center named for long-time supporters

The child and family center at Shippensburg University has a new name.
The center was officially renamed Thursday (April 18) as the Bartos Child and Family Center in honor of Dr. Robert B. Bartos, retired dean of the university’s College of Education and Human Services, and his wife, Barbara.

The name change, approved by the university’s Council of Trustees, recognizes of the couple’s philanthropy and commitment to education and the significant contributions by Dr. Bartos to the College of Education and Human Services.

Dr. Barbara Lyman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and emcee of the program, said, “As the university provost, I have a unique vantage point to assess the programs that result in high impact learning experiences. The Bartos Child and Family Center does just that. It allows our students who are pursuing degrees in early childhood education to develop their skills from work study and graduate assistants through practicum experiences and observations which are required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.”

According to Lyman, “All of what the center is today would not have occurred had it not been for Dean Bartos’ encouragement, persistence and persuasiveness to convince the university a center like this was needed on our campus.” She also added that “I find it inspiring that the Bartoses have chosen to endow a program that begins with nurturing a child’s development as well as touches the educational experience of a young adult, completing the circle of excellence here at Shippensburg University.”

Dr. Bartos served as dean of the college from 1988 until his retirement in 2008. He was instrumental in establishing the Child and Family Center, which provides a nurturing environment for young children and learning opportunities for education majors. During his tenure, he also established a combined masters of social work program with Millersville University; the Duquesne and Widener collaborative doctoral programs; the Pennsylvania Teach mentoring program for upper division education majors; the exercise science degree; and the Literacy Center, a partnership connecting the university with area public schools.

Through her philanthropic and volunteer endeavors, Mrs. Bartos has had a significant impact on the local community through her service on the Carlisle Area School Board and the board of the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum. As the Cumberland County archivist, she has advised and mentored many student interns from the university.

In 2003, Dr. Bartos and retired Associate Dean Peggy Hockersmith established the Drs. Bartos and Hockersmith College of Education and Human Services Deans’ Scholarship. The Dr. Robert B. and Barbara F. Bartos Scholarship for incoming freshmen to the College of Education and Human Services was established by Dr. and Mrs. Bartos in 2009.