Arcadia University Announces Shelly Yanoff Will Be Awarded Honorary Degree at Commencement

GLENSIDE, Pa., Thursday, March 29, 2012─Arcadia University President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III announced that Shelly Yanoff ’62, one of the region’s most effective advocates for children, will receive an Honorary Doctorate at the Undergraduate Commencement at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 18.

A lawyer by training, an advocate by disposition and experience, and a tenacious optimist, Yanoff has been fighting for children and families for more than four decades. Her work at PCCY, formerly Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth and now Public Citizens for Children and Youth, has been instrumental in increasing funding and improving programming in child health, child welfare, public education, child care, youth development and family well-being.

Since the mid 1960s when she crafted the strategy to save the “Get Set” day care program for 5,000 youngsters in Philadelphia, to the days when she led 2,000 Philadelphians to Harrisburg to insist on more support for neglected children, to the mid 1990s when she helped to organize more than 10,000 people from the region to go Washington to urge that we invest in children, to her persistent successful advocacy for more and better children’s health care, child care and educational opportunities, Yanoff has been the region’s leading child advocate for the interests of children and youth for many years.

As Executive Director of PCCY, Yanoff has played a major role in expanding the scope and quality of services to children and their families. PCCY’s efforts are directed towards the areas of health, education, child care, juvenile justice, lead paint poisoning prevention and funding for children and family services. Whether it is analyzing the city, state or federal budgets and identifying unmet needs, to connecting children and families to needed services, increasing the public investment in child care and afterschool programs, creating special programs to support families in raising children, helping to reduce the number of kids with lead paint poisoning or helping to improve the education opportunities for children in the city and state, Yanoff insists that “all our children deserve us to watch out for, protect and nurture themalways. The time must be now. They cannot wait until tomorrow.”

Yanoff is a 1962 alumna of Arcadia University and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Villanova University School of Law. She was appointed Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Children and Families in 2005 by Gov. Ed Rendell and serves in that role; she is a member of the Philadelphia Commission on Children and the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, a board member of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Public Interest Law Center.

Media Contact: Lori Bauer, Arcadia University, 215-847-1819 (cell),

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University a top leader in the nation in undergraduate study abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program 7th in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (