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2018 Spring PACT Annual Conference
Registration Now Open

April 12-13, 2018
Hilton Harrisburg Hotel
One North Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Please complete the REGISTRATION FORM and return to Charissa Williams by March 9, 2018. If you do not need overnight accommodations, completed registrations are due by Friday, April 6, 2018.

The Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work finalizing the agenda, which promises to be full of informative and engaging sessions to support the System’s key strategic initiatives: 

Ensuring Student Success 

Leveraging University Strengths 

Transforming the Governance / Leadership Structure

Since this PACT agenda is consistent with the deliberations currently before the Board of Governors, this is a perfect opportunity for Councils of Trustee members to influence system redesign. In advance of the agenda, following is a quick snapshot of the conference agenda and sessions:

  • New Trustee Orientation 
  • Executive Assistant’s Retreat 
  • Student Leadership Workshop 
  • Joint PACT Executive Board and Council Chairs Meeting 
  • Networking and Business Meeting 
  • Keynote speaker, Dr. Merryl Tisch, Governor Emeritus, New York Board of Regents 
  • Facilitated Workshop Sessions on:
    • 21st Century University Leadership 
    • 21st Century Trustee Role 
    • 21st Century Student Success
    • 21st Century State System Update 
  • Closing Plenary Session Luncheon with Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney and Board of Governors Chair, Cynthia Shapira

On behalf of the PACT Executive Board and Conference Planning Committee, we thank all Trustees, sponsors and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Foundation for their continued support of the PACT, which has provided our trustees with the opportunity for professional development and deeper understanding of the complex issues the System is facing.

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Harold Shields
PACT President



The PACT Executive Board is pleased to offer "The Role of Trustee in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education." This document was designed to provide not only an initial orientation for new trustees in conjunction with their university orientation, but also to provide a reference tool for all our State System trustees.


Please reach out to Charissa Williams (717-720-4125) with any questions, comments or recommendations regarding your PACT website.   


​​PACT Execut​ive Board Me​mbers 

​Harold Shields, Trustee and President
Edinboro University

Michele Mandell, Trustee and 1st Vice President
California University

Mary Coploff, Secretary
Lock Haven University

John Wabby, Trustee,  2nd Vice President and Interim Treasurer
Kutztown University

Ed Edwards, Trustee
Bloomsburg University

No Cheyney PACT Exec Board Member Appointed

Milissa Bauer, Trustee
Clarion University

Marcus​ Lingenfelter, Trustee
East Stroudsburg University

Gealy Wallwork, Trustee
Indiana University

Karen Russell, Trustee
Mansfield University

Rich Frerichs, Trustee
Millersville University

Andrew Paris, Trustee
Shippensburg University

Jeffrey Smith, Trustee
Slippery Rock University

Stephen Kinsey, Trustee
West Chester University​



Council of Trustees University Site Links