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.
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 divided into two primary management groups:
Functions such as human resources, labor relations, and facilities fall within one of these groups. Public Affairs is overseen directly by the
Originally the home of the Harrisburg Academy and then the University Center at Harrisburg, the site and its five historic buildings was purchased by the State System in 1991. It provides a hub for State System operations and for universities to remotely serve the Harrisburg community, which has no public university of its own.
In 1993, the location was renamed the Dixon University Center in honor of the Board of Governors’ founding chairman, F. Eugene Dixon Jr., who served in the role for 17 years. Today, 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.
The State System combines its purchasing power to share services such as payroll, legal counsel, IT, construction management, procurement, and others, which provides greater efficiency than if each university and the Office of the Chancellor had to fully staff these functions on its own. These services are also housed at the Dixon University Center or in nearby facilities in Harrisburg.