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 Board of Governors


A 20-member Board of Governors is responsible for planning and coordinating development and operation of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The Board establishes broad educational, fiscal and personnel policies, and oversees the efficient management of PASSHE. Among other tasks, the Board appoints the chancellor and university presidents, approves new academic programs, sets tuition and coordinates and approves the annual PASSHE operating budget. 

Eleven Board members are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor of Pennsylvania. Their appointments are confirmed by the PA State Senate. Three students, selected from among the universities' student government association presidents, serve on the Board until graduation. Four legislators are selected by the majority and minority leaders of the PA State Senate and House of Representatives. The Governor of Pennsylvania or a designee also is a Board member, as is the state secretary of education or a designee.

The Board meets at least four times a year. Meetings of the Board of Governors are subject to the Pennsylvania Public Agency Open Meeting Law.​





All mail for the Board of Governors or for individual Board members should be mailed in care of: 

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Dixon University Center
2986 North Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110-1201

The telephone number for the Board office is (717) 720-4028 and the fax is (717) 720-4029.


 Board Members

Guido M. PichiniChairman
Laura E. Ellsworth Vice Chair
Ronald G. HenryVice Chair; Chair, Finance, Administration and Facilities
Sen. Richard Alloway II
Rep. Matthew E. Baker
Jennifer G. BranstetterGovernor's designee
Marie ConleyChair, Human Resources
Gov. Tom CorbettGovernor
Carolyn C. DumaresqActing Secretary of Education
Christopher H. Franklin
Todd Garrett
Chelsea E. Getsy
Rep. Michael K. Hanna
Jonathan B. MackChair, External and Public Relations
David M. Maser
Joseph F. McGinnChair, Audit
Robert S. Taylor
Aaron A. WaltonChair, Academic and Student Affairs
Sen. John T. Yudichak