Fifty Years at Bucks

A timeline history of Bucks County Community College

Celebrating 50 years

On June 22, 1964, the Bucks County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution to sponsor Bucks County Community College under the provisions of Pennsylvania's Community College Act of 1963 (Act 484). Since opening its doors a year later as the first public two-year college in Bucks County, the College has educated more than a million people.

Here is a look at the College through the decades.  

June 22, 1964

Bucks County Community College founded by the County of Bucks in accordance with Pennsylvania's Community College Act of 1963

October 5, 1964

County Commissioners appoint 15-member Board of Trustees to govern the College

January 1965

County of Bucks acquires 200 acres of the former 2,000-acre Tyler Estate from Temple University as a site for the college

April 1965

Dr. Charles E. Rollins appointed as the first president of the College

May 1965

First 22 faculty members, librarian, and staff hired

September 29, 1965

College opens its doors to more than 730 students in Tyler Hall


College awards 121 associate degrees to its first graduating class


First major expansion of Newtown Campus completed; includes Academic Building (later renamed Founders Hall), original Library (later renamed Pemberton Hall), Gymnasium and Pool, and Student Union Building (later renamed Charles E. Rollins Center)


Second major expansion of Newtown Campus completed; includes Penn Hall, new Library, conversion of original library into Pemberton Hall, and Carriage House conversion to the Hicks Art Center


Childcare center for children of students and staff, opens


Artmobile, traveling outreach museum, begins taking exhibitions to schools and public events


Fine Woodworking facility added to the Hicks Art Center


Bucks County Community College Foundation established


Creation Pole, made from a 41-foot redwood trunk and carved by more than 100 artists and volunteers with images reflecting Edward Hicks’ “Peaceable Kingdom,” erected on Newtown campus to celebrate the College’s 20th anniversary.


Dr. Charles E. Rollins retires after 22 years as president; Dr. William E. Vincent named the College’s second president

Tyler Hall and Tyler Formal Gardens placed on the National Register of Historic Places


Bristol Center opens in the former Delhaas High School in Bristol Township

Inaugural Tyler Tasting Party held as annual event to raise funds for the restoration of historic Tyler Hall


Dr. William E. Vincent resigns after five years as president 


Dr. James J. Linksz named the College’s third president


New Arts Building (later renamed the Music and Multimedia Center) opens


Upper Bucks Campus in East Rockhill Township, and Gateway Center building open

College assumes operation of Bucks County Public Safety Training Center, Doylestown


Wellness Center and 3-D Arts Center building open


Allied Health Building opens 


Lower Bucks Campus opens, replacing the Bristol Center 


Upper Bucks Campus building addition opens 


Lower Bucks County Public Safety Training Center opens, Croydon

July 2012

Dr. James J. Linksz retires after 20 years as president; Dr. Stephanie H. Shanblatt, named the College’s fourth president

January 2013

Linksz Pavilion opens

June 2014

Science Center building ground-breaking