Also approves reappointment of two members, including Chair Shapira
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania Senators today approved the nominations of five members of the State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors, including the reappointment of Chair Cindy Shapira and fellow board member Janet Yeomans.
Joining the Board are two alumni of State System universities, the previous chair of Shippensburg University's Council of Trustees, and leaders in the business and philanthropy industries. Each member received a nomination for a four-year term.
The Board of Governors is responsible for planning and coordinating the operation of the State System. The Board establishes broad educational, fiscal, and personnel policies, and oversees the efficient management of the State System.
As many as 11 members of the Board are appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania with the consent of the state Senate. Six of those 11 are to be residents of the Commonwealth and five shall be selected from the trustees of member universities. No more than one trustee per university may serve on the Board.
The rest of the Board includes the Governor or a designee; the Secretary of Education or a designee; two state Senators and two state Representatives appointed by caucus leaders; and three students selected with consent from university presidents and approved by the other Board members.
Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education oversees 14 four-year public universities educating more than 93,000 students. The State System offers more than 2,300 degrees and certificates in more than 530 academic areas. The State System universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester universities of Pennsylvania.