A pioneer in both education and the law, the voice of the people in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives and a humanitarian who fought to end discrimination while promoting the health and safety of the nation's newborns, K. Leroy Irvis was an inspirational leader who helped transform the lives of people of our great Commonwealth.
His co-sponsorship of Act 484, also known as the Pennsylvania Community College Act of 1963, created the state's community college system and ultimately led to the founding of CCAC three years later. It was due to his natural hunger for knowledge and enlightenment that this "lion of Pennsylvania" was able to leave a legacy of innovation through his words, his actions and the way he lived—a Renaissance man for the modern age.
In tribute to this remarkable individual, CCAC is honored to soon break ground on the college's newest educational facility, the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center. Like the man himself, this building will serve as a place of discovery and intellectual curiosity, showcasing the latest scientific and technological advancements in green building design, educational equipment and learning initiatives.
CCAC is proud to remember the late Honorable K. Leroy Irvis and his contributions to CCAC.