​​​​Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education was established by statute on July 1, 1983, although the 14 universities that comprise the State System have a much longer history dating back to the 19th century. ​

Today, the State System serves more than 100,000 students, making it the largest provider of higher education in Pennsylvania. It also employs more than 12,000 faculty and staff, making it one of the largest employers in the Commonwealth.

Board of Governors

A 20-member Board of Governors is responsible for oversight of the State System. The Board establishes broad educational, fiscal, and personnel policies. Among other tasks, the Board appoints the chancellor and each university president, approves new academic programs, sets tuition, and coordinates and approves the annual State System operating budget. Additionally, each university has a Council of Trustees that serves as a policy-setting board for the university.

Office of the Chancellor

The Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the State System and is responsible for its management. The Office of the Chancellor is housed at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg and includes:


Dixon University Center

The Dixon University Center​ in Harrisburg provides a hub for State System operations and for universities to serve the Harrisburg community through a variety of programs. It provides free, flexible space for academic programs offered by State System universities. Additionally, private institutions, non-profit organizations, and businesses rent space at the center for academic programs, meetings, and functions.  


Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees (PACT)    

The Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees (PACT)​​ conducts conferences and workshops on topics of common interest, updates on System issues and national trends in higher education, as well as opportunities for professional development and an exchange of ideas with trustees from other State System universities.