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Dennis P. McIlnay
Dennis P. McIlnay

Dennis P. McIlnay of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania is the author of five books, three of which are about central Pennsylvania: The Wreck of the Red Arrow: An American Train Tragedy; The Horseshoe Curve: Sabotage and Subversion in the Railroad City and Juniata, River of Sorrows: One Man’s Journey into a River’s Tragic Past. McIlnay’s two other books are about charitable foundations: How Foundations Work (Jossey-Bass Publishers) and Foundations and Higher Education (Kurian Publishing).

McIlnay is Professor Emeritus of Management at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania where he held a joint, tenured appointment in the Business Administration Department and the Master of Business Administration Program. At Saint Francis University, McIlnay received the Distinguished Professor Award from the National Alumni Association, the Distinguished Professor Award from the Student Honors Society, and the Outstanding Educator Award from the student body. He also received the Salute to Teaching Award from the Pennsylvania Academy for the Profession of Teaching. He holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Seton Hall University.

Before joining the faculty at Saint Francis University in 1987, McIlnay served as Chief Development Officer at Seton Hall University and in similar positions at four other colleges. A native of Latrobe, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh, McIlnay was inducted into the United States Army in 1970 and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

McIlnay, age 62, lives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, a small town near Altoona in central Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kathy, a social worker at Altoona Regional Health System. When not teaching or writing, he enjoys fishing, golf, and traveling.