|Interim Chancellor |
Dr. Karen M. Whitney assumed the role of Interim Chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education on September 12, 2017. In this role, she serves as chief executive officer of the State System, which comprises Pennsylvania’s 14 public universities. The chancellor works with the Board of Governors to recommend and develop overall policies for the System.
Dr. Whitney previously served as President of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, beginning her tenure as the university’s 16th president in July 2010. As president, she led the university in articulating a mission to provide transformative, lifelong learning opportunities through innovative, nationally recognized programs delivered in inclusive, student-centered environments. She refocused the university toward a greater emphasis on providing professional degree programs that meet the needs of students and the changing economy.
She previously was vice chancellor for student life and diversity and dean of students at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and assistant and associate vice president for student life and director of resident life at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also served as an adjunct assistant professor and instructor in the School of Education at Indiana University and taught various courses at both the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Houston.
Dr. Whitney earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public administration, both from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D. in higher educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
She presents, teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of higher education finance, administration, law, student development, and student facilities.
|Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance|
James Dillon was named vice chancellor for Administration and Finance of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education 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 the State System since 1989, including cash and debt manager and director of cash and debt management. He designed, implemented and managed the System’s integrated cash/capital management system; directed the System’s working capital investments program; and directed it’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 the State System, 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.
|Executive Vice Chancellor|
Dr. Peter H. Garland has served as executive vice chancellor of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education since 2006. In this role he serves as the State System's chief academic officer, oversees employee and labor relations, information strategy, and system research and planning. In addition he serves as liaison to university presidents, trustees, and the System’s Board of Governors. Dr. Garland served as the System's acting chancellor from March 1 to September 30, 2013.
He has led major System-wide projects including efforts to integrate planning, accountability, budgeting and operational management to achieve strategic goals. He also served as the Secretary to the Board of Governors.
Dr. Garland has served the System in a number of roles including Assistant Chancellor for Policy and Planning and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. He has served as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Assistant Commissioner for Higher Education and Acting Commissioner of Higher Education. In addition, he held positions in student affairs administration at The Pennsylvania State University and The College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Dr. Garland completed his B.A. and M. Ed (Educational Administration-Higher Education) at The College of William and Mary and earned an M.A. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University. With scholarly interest in public policy for postsecondary education, community college education and student affairs administration, Dr. Garland has authored more than 25 articles, chapters and scholarly papers as well as two research monographs on student affairs published by the Association for the Study of Higher Education/ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education. He serves as Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches in the master’s and executive doctoral programs in higher education.
|Chief of Staff|
Randy Goin Jr. serves as chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, a position to which he was appointed in December 2013. As chief of staff and a senior policy advisor, he coordinates the efforts of senior staff in the Office of the Chancellor and works closely with university, government and business leaders to ensure timely advancement of Board of Governors’ initiatives.
Prior to joining the State System's leadership team, Mr. Goin was chief of staff for the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the second largest university system in America. He also led the public affairs, governmental relations and communications group, which worked to articulate a clear message and vision with all constituents.
During Mr. Goin’s tenure in Florida, the university system enhanced its relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. The system released a new 2025 strategic plan, developed a nationally acclaimed accountability system, launched a totally online undergraduate institute at the University of Florida, and introduced a systemwide performance funding model.
He launched his career in the private sector more than two decades ago and later moved into communications management roles in higher education. He ultimately served as associate vice president for marketing at Florida Atlantic University, where he helped build the communications organization and reposition the institution's brand. He was then named university chief of staff and worked closely with the president to reshape the institution's organizational structure by increasing focus on top priorities. He served as a conduit between the administration and the university trustees – enhancing board relations and operations.
A native of Ohio, he grew up in Texas and moved to Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Master of Arts degree with a focus in corporate and political communication from Florida Atlantic University.
|Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs|
|Chief Counsel |
Andrew C. Lehman was named acting chief legal counsel of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education in July 2013. He joined the State System in 2004 after spending more than three years with a small litigation firm in Harrisburg, where his practice concentrated in the areas of insurance defense and civil litigation.
Prior to entering private practice, Lehman was the executive deputy prosecutor in the Crimes Against Children Unit in the York County District Attorney’s Office, where he was responsible for prosecuting felony and misdemeanor child physical and sexual abuse cases.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental resource management with highest distinction from Pennsylvania State University and a law degree from Tulane Law School.