A 20-member Board of Governors is responsible for planning and coordinating development and operation of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The Board establishes broad educational, fiscal, and personnel policies, and oversees the efficient management of the State System. Among other tasks, the Board appoints the chancellor and university presidents, approves new academic programs, sets tuition, and coordinates and approves the annual State System 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 by the Board of Governors 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 designee) also is a Board member, as is the state Secretary of Education (or designee).
The Board meets at least one time each quarter. Meetings of the Board of Governors are subject to the Pennsylvania Public Agency Open Meeting Law.
History of Board Chairs
- "Fitz" Eugene Dixon — 1983 to 2000
- Charles A. Gomulka — 2000 to 2005
- Kenneth M. Jarin — 2005 to 2011
- Guido M. Pichini — 2011 to 2016
- Dr. Cynthia D. Shapira — 2016 to present
(Hidden) Board Members
Cynthia D. Shapira, Ed.D.
David M. Maser
Board Vice Chair; Chair - Student Success Committee
Samuel H. Smith
Board Vice Chair; Chair - Governance and Leadership Committee
Marian D. Moskowitz
Vice Chair - Student Success Committee
Dr. Khalid N. Mumin
Acting Secretary of Education
Larry C. Skinner
Chair, University Success Committee
Neil R. Weaver
Vice Chair - University Success Committee
Janet L. Yeomans
Chair, Audit and Compliance Committee