Kendal CEO and President Sean Kelly

Kendal Corp., the Kennett Square, PA-based supporting organization for the Kendal System, announced plans Wednesday to move its headquarters to the University of Delaware’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research, or STAR, Campus in Newark, DE.

The first Kendal community opened in 1973. Since then, 12 communities across nine states have either been developed as affiliates from the ground up or have chosen to become affiliates. Kendal said that the headquarters move to the UD campus aligns with the organization’s commitment to lifelong learning, community service and wellness.

“We searched for a place that we could not only call our home, but where we could also continue to grow, advance our mission and contribute in a significant way to the university community,” Kendal CEO and President Sean Kelly said in a statement. “We look forward to collaborating with our new neighbors to help better the lives of Kendal residents and members and advance the field of aging services.”

Along with Kendal, the FinTech building will house financial institutions, academic centers, small businesses, data and technology experts and other nonprofits. Kendal will be sharing the STAR campus with organizations such as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which fosters learning opportunities for adults aged 50 or more years, the University of Delaware School of Nursing, the campus health clinic and other departments and organizations dedicated to advanced health and wellness research.

The corporate team will remain in Pennsylvania until the new headquarters facility is ready for occupancy, which is expected to happen in the early summer. The organization will be housed on the sixth floor of the FinTech Innovation Hub, a new building being constructed on the UD campus by Delaware Technology Park, a non-profit organization that provides resources to development-stage life science, information technology, advanced materials and renewable energy companies.