​​​​​The Role of the Trustee in System Redesign - PACT 2019 Spring Conferencde

April 11-12, 2019
Hilton Harrisburg Hotel

Registration is now open for the 2019 Spring PACT Conference that will be held April 11-12, 2019 at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel, One North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110; 717.233.6000. (Click on "Hilton Harrisburg Hotel" to view hotel amenities.) The Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work finalizing the agenda, which promises to be full of informative and engaging sessions to support the System’s key strategic initiatives:​

  • Ensuring Student Success
  • Leveraging University Strengths
  • Transforming the Governance / Leadership Structure
This year’s agenda will focus on the role of the Trustee in the System Redesign and summarize recommendations that were developed by the new PACT Committees. Since this PACT agenda is consistent with the deliberations currently before the Board of Governors, this is a perfect opportunity for Councils of Trustee members to influence system redesign.

  • Trustee Advocacy
  • Trustee Selection Process
  • Trustee Commitment, Responsibilities, and Evaluations
  • Trustee Regional Meetings
  • Trustee Communications 
  • Trustee Branding  
If you are a new Trustee, we urge you to attend the orientation session that was created to learn more about the Trustee role and the State System. Please note that the time has changed for this session that will now be held from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  

See the Schedule-at-a Glance for all the session times. The complete conference agenda to include room locations and other conference details will be available soon. 
Please complete the attached registration form​​ and return to Charissa Williams (cwilliams@passhe.edu) by the deadline of March 18,  2018. If you do not need overnight accommodations, registrations are due by Friday, April 5, 2019.  For your convenience, the registration form is an Adobe PDF file that is easily fillable and can be returned electronically. If you are not able to complete electronically, you have the option of either mailing or calling Charissa with your registration information.  
On behalf of the PACT Executive Board and Conference Planning Committee, we thank all Trustees, sponsors and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Foundation for their continued support of the PACT, which has provided our Trustees with the opportunity for professional development and deeper understanding of the complex issues the System is facing.  
Thank you.​

Jeff Smith
PACT President
Slippery Rock Trustee

 PACT Execut​ive Board Me​mbers


Jeffrey Smith, Trustee Chair and President
Slippery Rock University

John Wabby, Trustee,  1st Vice President
Kutztown University

Milissa Bauer, 2nd Vice President 
Clarion University

Mary Coploff, Secretary
Lock Haven University

Karen Russell, Treasurer
Mansfield University


Ed Edwards, Trustee
Bloomsburg University

Stephen DeFrank, Trustee
California University

Cheyney University

Marcus​ Lingenfelter, Trustee
East Stroudsburg University

Harold Shields, Trustee
Edinboro University

Nathan Spade, Trustee
Indiana University

Rich Frerichs, Trustee
Millersville University

Andrew Paris, Trustee
Shippensburg University

Stephen Kinsey, Trustee
West Chester University​​​​