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Chancellor Search

This is a remarkable time for the State System and its 14 universities. The State System recently completed a System Review, which was a top-to-bottom evalu​ation of the entire operation. That effort resulted in three priorities that will guide our efforts as we move us from a “System Review” mode to a “System Redesign” mode:

1) Ensuring student success;
2) Leveraging university strengths; and
3) Transforming the leadership/governance structure.

The effort to redesign the State System is already underway—modifying processes, policies, and practices to prepare for the future. But, there is much more work to be done, and the next chancellor will be key to advancing that effort.

Our search committee held a kick-off meeting on Nov. 6 to plan our work ahead and hope to be done in time to name the next chancellor in the summer. The State System is moving in the right direction, and we’re confident our nationwide search will find the right person to lead in shaping the continued renaissance of this System.

Cindy Shapira           Harold Shields
Search Chair             Search Co-Chair

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The Search Committee

In accordance with Board policy, the search committee comprises the Board’s executive committee and up to three other individuals appointed by the Board chair. It is vitally important that the search process include the voices of those at our university campuses, so a student, a faculty member, and an administrator have been appointed to the committee.

Committee members:

Cindy Shapira (Search Chair), chair of the Board

Harold Shields (Search Co-Chair); vice chair of the Board; chair of the Human Resources Committee; chair of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees

David Maser, vice chair of the Board; chair of the Finance, Administration, and Facilities Committee

Tom Muller, chair of the Audit Committee

Ryan Long, president of the Student Government Association at West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Laura Delbrugge, faculty member; chair of the Foreign Language Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Donna Wilson, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

The Process

Board of Governors policy clearly outlines the process to follow when searching for a new chancellor. Here is an overview:

​Search Process Overview ​
​​• Se​arch firm is selected to assist in the process
​• Stakeholder input is gathered from students, faculty, staff, alumni and others to aid in the development of the leadership profile for the next chancellor
​• The leadership profile document and recruitment materials are finalized
​• Candidates are recruited applications are reviewed by the search committee
​• First-round interviews are conducted; at least three candidates proceed to second-round interviews
​• Second-round interviews conducted; unless additional interviews are needed, the Board of Governors selects a candidate with whom to begin employment negotiations
• ​Upon successful negotiation of terms, the Board of Governors holds a public meeting to officially appoint the next Chancellor

NOTE: Additional meetings/sessions/interviews may be added at the discretion of the search committee.

Search Firm

The Board has engaged Wheless Partners—one of the nation's leading executive search consultant and human capital advisor firms—to assist with the search process and candidate recruitment. The firm has led successful executive searches across the state of Pennsylvania and around the country, including presidential and chancellor searches for public and private universities and systems nationally.

Wheless Partners has experience with a range of clients, including higher education, global Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, government organizations, public and private institutions, and entrepreneurial startups.

To apply or to nominate someone for the position, please send an email to:


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