Dr. Peter H. Garland assumed the role of acting Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) on March 1, 2013. The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of PASSHE. Appointed by the Board of Governors, the Chancellor is responsible to the Board for overall administration of the System.
Dr. Garland previously served as executive vice chancellor, a position to which he was appointed in October 2006. In that role, he served as PASSHE's chief operating officer, overseeing the major functional areas in the Office of the Chancellor; serving as liaison to university presidents and the System's Board of Governors; leading major System-wide projects, programs and initiatives; and coordinating the work of vice chancellors and other executive staff.
Dr. Garland joined PASSHE as executive associate to the Chancellor in January 2002, serving as a senior adviser and assisting the Chancellor in a liaison role with vice chancellors, university presidents, the Board of Governors and other senior staff. He was named vice chancellor for academic and student affairs in December 2003. He led the development of PASSHE’s new strategic plan, which was adopted by the Board of Governors in July 2004, and assisted in the implementation of PASSHE System Accountability Program.
Prior to joining PASSHE, Dr. Garland served as executive director of the State Board of Education since 1993. There, he was responsible for identifying key issues of concern to the Board, then conducting research and analysis on those issues and developing policy recommendations. In doing so, he worked closely with both the Governor’s Office and the Legislature, as well as with educational and business organizations and the public. He was involved in the development of new academic standards for elementary and secondary schools in Pennsylvania and in the creation of new requirements for teacher preparation and certification.
Previously, Dr. Garland was Assistant Commissioner for Postsecondary and Higher Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He also served in several other positions within the department, including Acting Commissioner/Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary and Higher Education, Director of the Bureau of Postsecondary Services, Executive Assistant to the Commissioner for Higher Education and Senior Program Analyst in the Office of Higher Education Financing.
Dr. Garland held positions in student affairs administration at Pennsylvania State University and the College of William and Mary.
Dr. Garland earned bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology and a master’s degree in educational administration/higher education from The College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in political science and a doctoral degree in higher education from Penn State.
He has numerous publications to his credit and has reviewed articles for the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American Educational Research Association. He has lectured or offered seminars at a number of institutions, including East Stroudsburg and Shippensburg Universities of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, Penn State and Duquesne, Lehigh and New York universities.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education comprises 14 universities, four branch campuses and several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg and the Multi University Center in Philadelphia. With about 115,000 students, PASSHE is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth.
|Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs|
Dr. Jim Moran joined the Office of the Chancellor in 2005 and was appointed as Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs in October 2009. The primary function of the Division is to facilitate student success and to assist universities to advance the economic, cultural and social viability of the Commonwealth.
Dr. Moran provides strategic leadership and direction for the Division of Academic and Student Affairs which includes academic program approval and review, faculty development initiatives, development of academic and student policies, academic planning, academic technology, articulation and transfer, access and pipeline initiatives, and grants development. He also serves on the Commonwealth’s Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee; the Governor’s Early Learning Council; the GEAR-UP Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education, and the Program Committee for the SHEEO Higher Education Policy Conference.
During the 2011-12 academic year, Dr. Moran served as interim president of Edinboro University. During that year Edinboro significantly improved community relationships with the Edinboro community, established working relationships with the Erie community to address issues of educational attainment, supported a record breaking year in annual gifts with over $5M raised, promoted increased transparency of data through reports to Council of Trustees and the University Senate, re-framed strategic directions for the university around fewer measurable goals and promoted expanding high impact practices to more students
Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, Dr. Moran served in the University of Tennessee System Office as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. In Tennessee, he was responsible for coordinating the university effort for seeking regional re-accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and building a model for departmental reporting with attention to student learning outcomes. He also served as facilitator for special projects including acquiring federal funding for a University Business Incubator and for the Center for Nutrition and Fitness.
At the University of Tennessee, Dr. Moran also served as Dean, College of Human Ecology. In this capacity he provided leadership for a college with five academic departments (Child and Family Studies, Nutrition, Health and Safety Sciences, Consumer and Industry Services Management and Human Resource Development) as well as the Child Development Laboratories and the Textile and Non-Wovens Development Center.
Additional experiences include appointment as Vice-President of the University of Tennessee Research and Managing Director, TANDEC Technology Licensing Division Corporation - a statewide research center of excellence that focused on non-wovens textiles. Responsibilities included negotiating licensing and research contracts with corporate partners as well as marketing technology to potential licensees.
Dr. Moran was also Department Head of Family Relations and Child Development at Oklahoma State and has served in a faculty role as Professor at the University of Tennessee and at Oklahoma State University, as Associate Professor at Virginia Tech. and as Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma.
|Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance|
James Dillon was named vice chancellor for Administration and Finance of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) in June 2005. The Administration and Finance Division is responsible for developing policy and providing system-wide leadership in the areas of financial planning, accounting, procurement, investing, commercial banking, emergency management and campus security.
Dillon has held various positions with PASSHE since 1989, including cash and debt manager and director of cash and debt management. He designed, implemented and managed PASSHE’s integrated cash/capital management system; directed the System’s working capital investments program; and directed PASSHE’s bond program, which, to date has involved 26 issues for a principal amount of more than $1.2 billion. He also directed the System’s centralized payroll system.
Before joining PASSHE, Dillon served in various positions with The Equitable in New York City, including as manager and assistant manager of the Office of the Treasurer. While there, he assisted in the analysis and implementation of financing alternatives including commercial paper, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange hedges, medium-term notes, and others. He also assisted in management of the funding operations division. Prior to working at The Equitable, Dillon was an associate in corporate finance for Henry Ansbacher, Inc., also in New York City.
Dillon holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and labor relations from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Fordham University ’s Joseph Martino School of Business. He also attended the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He has given professional presentations at the Annual Treasury Management Conference of the Treasury Management Association and the National Multi Housing Developers Association.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education comprises 14 universities, four branch campuses and several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. With more than 112,500 students, PASSHE is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth.
|Vice Chancellor for External Relations|
As Vice Chancellor for External Relations, Ms. Ball oversees the working relationships between the State System of Higher Education and its public and private partners. She is directly responsible for the development of targeted strategies and messages to key audiences including state and federal officials, university leaders, students, trustees and the business community.
Prior to joining the State System of Higher Education in January 2009, she had held increasingly responsible positions within state government and as a private sector advocate. In the public sector, she worked on the Governor’s Office staff and was involved in policy development and communications initiatives. As a private sector advocate, she provided comprehensive government relations and targeted messaging services to a wide array of corporate, statewide association and non-profit entity clients.
Since joining the Office of the Chancellor, she has participated in a number of initiatives:
- Served as a member of the higher education research, health care and economic development collaborative, PennREN, which recently was awarded a $99.6 million federal grant for the construction and management of a statewide broadband network.
- Developed and managed a PASSHE wide logo and website design competition. Currently involved in overseeing development of the new website.
- Participated in a number of PASSHE cost-saving initiatives such as a separation incentive program for eligible employees as well as a review of low-enrolled program offerings.
|Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Labor Relations|
Gary K. Dent was named Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Labor Relations of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) in April 2009. He directs the Office of Human Resources and Labor Relations, which provides leadership for and works in partnership with the PASSHE universities to establish, implement and improve human resource management policies and practices. The office also provides centralized labor negotiations, as well as grievance and arbitration services. In addition to these system wide services, the office also provides human resource management services for the employees of the Office of the Chancellor.
Dent, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, began his professional career as an officer in the United States Army, after graduating from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in special education. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in management and supervision at Central Michigan University and has completed several advanced management and certification programs in his field.
Dent has held senior human resource leadership positions with General Motors Corporation, the City of Detroit, Wayne State University and the University of Cincinnati. In these organizations, he was responsible for building a service-oriented culture; integrating people, technology, business processes and workflow in creating high performance human resources teams; assisting management in meeting their strategic plans by creating a human resources strategic plan; building productive working relationships with unions and employees; and improving all aspects of human resources including labor relations. He discovered this to be a real passion of his and has spent the preceding years developing and leading large and small human resource organizations.
Dent is or has been a member or held leadership roles in several professional associations and boards, including Head Start; Boy Scouts of America; United Way; American Society of Employers; Detroit Institute of the Arts; Junior Achievement; Communities in School – Detroit; Society for Human Resources Management, CUPA-HR; and the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources.
His hobbies and interests include piloting private aircraft and playing tennis and the piano. He is actively involved in mentoring youth leadership development programs. Dent and his wife, Carman, have two adult children, three granddaughters and two grandsons.
|Chief Counsel |
Leo was appointed Chief Counsel on March 2, 2009. Prior to joining PASSHE, Leo served as Chief Counsel and Deputy Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Department Treasury and Chief Counsel to the Department of Agriculture. He has also served as a Deputy General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel with the Governor's Office of General Counsel. While with the Office of General Counsel, his primary responsibility was as a legislative counsel to the Governor's Office.
Before his appointment to the Office of General Counsel, Leo was Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, the Commonwealth agency that provides administrative and legal support to 27 professional and occupational licensing boards and commissions. Prior to becoming Deputy Commissioner, Leo served as the Staff Attorney for the Western Regional Office of the Pennsylvania Inspector General. Leo also served as an Assistant Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel at the Department of State. At the Department of State, Leo represented the Corporation Bureau, Bureau of Charitable Organizations, State Athletic Commission, professional licensure boards and the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Leglislation. He also served as the designee for the Treasurer as Chair of the Board of Finance and Revenue, and Board of Commissioners of Public Grounds and Buildings and as the Treasurer's desginee for the Boards of the State Employee Retirement System, Public School Employee Retirement System, and Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System. Leo has also served as the designee on the Board of Finance and Revenue for the General Counsel and the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
Assignments: Office of the Chancellor, Board of Governors, Legal Liaison to the Executive Vice Chancellor and his staff, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.