Dan and Donna Kohlhepp made a $60,000 gift to establish the Sell-Kohlhepp Open Doors Scholarship, honoring both the Kohlhepp family, as well as the Sell family, from which Donna comes.
Born and raised in DuBois, Pennsylvania, Dan earned his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Penn State and his Ph.D. in Real Estate and Urban Analysis at The Ohio State University. He has published numerous academic and professional articles in real estate and continues to teach adult education classes and seminars. In 2003, he received the Penn State University Alumni Fellow Award. He is President and CEO of Granite Road, LLC, a consulting company specializing in real estate investment and development services. He is also President and CEO of the Kohlhepp Real Estate Investment Trust, Ltd. And its sister company, the Kohlhepp Corporation which owns and manages a portfolio of closely held real estate investments. He is also a past president of the DuBois Educational Foundation, and a past campaign chair during the For the Future Campaign.
He recently retired from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School where he was a senior lecturer and academic director of the Master of Science in Real Estate and Infrastructure Program. In 2017, the American Real Estate Society awarded his research as the “Best Paper by a Practicing Professional”, and in 2018, he published his textbook, Real Estate Development Matrix, (Routledge) with his co-author Kimberly Kohlhepp.
In 2015, Dan was given the Distinguished Ambassador Award by the Penn State DuBois Alumni Society.
Donna Sell Kohlhepp earned her Ph.D. in Public Health at the University of Oklahoma where she also earned her MSN. Donna earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing at The Ohio State
University where she met her husband, Dan. Donna taught nursing at Pennsylvania State University as an assistant professor. As a health care consultant, she has published, researched, and directed numerous seminars and workshops on health and wellness. Her book, “Women and the Midlife Experience: When the Glass Slipper No Longer Fits”, presents an optimist view of midlife with holistic approaches for dealing with the emotional and physical challenges it presents.
Donna is a health consultant to the Mint Culinary Studio in DuBois and her private practice, HER: Health Education Resources, provides individual health counseling particularly in the areas of menopause and thyroid disorders. She has also been active in the local community serving on various boards. Donna is the mother of three daughters: Kaydee Gunter, Joanne Bish, Kimberly Kohlhepp, and grandmother to Henry Bish.