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Future Meeting Dates


Fall Workshop
October 9, 2018


Spring Conference
April 11-12, 2019
at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel


By far, the feedback from this year’s annual conference was one of the best yet! We could not of done it without your support and participation. The conference presentations are posted on the 2018 Spring Conference page.

Conference highlights:

  • The student leadership workshop sponsored by PSECU, was well attended by many of our students --  not only student trustees, but student government leaders as well. Survey feedback indicates it was by far one of the best sessions, as was the session on the 21st Century Student Success presented by Zachary Clark and Kathleen Howley.
  • Opening remarks by Dr. Merryl Tisch was well received.
  • Presentations on the 21st Century President and Trustee Role generated much discussion and dialogue. Moderators for both session did an excellent job.
  • Also during the business meeting  new officers were approved effective July 1, 2018. They are as follows:
    • Jeffrey Smith, PACT President, Slippery Rock University, Trustee Vice Chair
    • Jack Wabby, PACT 1st Vice President, Kutztown University, Trustee
    • Milissa Bauer, PACT 2nd Vice President, Clarion University, Trustee Vice Chair
    • Karen Russell, PACT Treasurer, Mansfield University, Trustee
    • Mary Coploff, PACT Secretary, Lock Haven University, Trustee 

Special thanks to the officers who have served the PACT these past 3 years – Harold Shields, Michele Mandell and William McIlwaine. 
We  look forward to seeing many more trustees at  upcoming conferences  and  challenge our trustees to continue to strengthen their University and the System as we redesign the System.   


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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

Nathan Spade, 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​



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