Chancellor Dan Greenstein at Mansfield commencement


 Spring 2021 Virtual Campus Visits

Bloomsburg University
Tuesday, Febuary 23
Slippery Rock University
Thursday, February 25
Mansfield University
Thursday, March 4
Shippensburg University
Monday, March 8
West Chester University
Wednesday, March 10
Kutztown University
Thursday, March 11
Edinboro University
Monday, March 15
California University
Thursday, March 18
Lock Haven University
Monday, March 22
Cheyney University
Wednesday, March 24
Clarion University
Friday, March 26
East Stroudsburg University
Monday, March 29
Indiana University
Tuesday, March 30
Millersville University
Wednesday, March 31

Chancellor’s statement on recent state Senate appropriations appearance

During the course of my two-hour testimony, there were discussions regarding a wide range of potential trajectories for the State System—all of which are dependent on policy choices we make as a state. These same potential trajectories have been discussed in other public venues over the past year. 

I understand the manner in which I conveyed this information left an impression, for some, that dissolving the State System was a preferred course of action. Nothing could be further from the truth. In that same hearing, I reiterated that dismantling the State System—leaving our 14 institutions to fend for themselves—would be a disaster for our students and the communities we serve. At the same time, an even greater disaster would be to do nothing. That would drain our universities’ collective resources, leaving each of them impaired. Our System Redesign—challenging as it is—will alter that path, allowing us to preserve affordable, high-quality education for all Pennsylvanians at each of our institutions.
I believe in our State System, our universities, and our value to the Commonwealth. I believe in public higher education and have spent a lifetime advancing and defending it. The data show we’re at a serious inflection point that has been years in the making—it is not new and it is not news. But I know we have the courage, creativity, and determination to adapt to meet our challenges. Public higher education is critically important to Pennsylvania’s future. Failure is not an option. Our students and the Commonwealth deserve nothing less.​​

Higher Education Funding Commission


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University Integrations Update

I thought it important to use this blog space to update everyone on the proposed university integrations that the Board of Governors will consider this week. Included below is some information about how the plans have been revised to respond to issues that came forward during the public comment period. 

The public review process has been a good one, and I am grateful to the framers of Act 50 for thinking of it, and for writing it into the legislation. Through the comment period, we have identified stakeholder needs and priorities we would have missed and learned what we needed to revise or clarify.

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Dr. Daniel Greenstein became the fifth chancellor of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education on September 4, 2018. In that role, he serves as chief executive officer of the state's system of 14 public universities, serving more than 90,000 degree-seeking students and thousands more enrolled in certificate and other career-development programs. Chancellor Greenstein is leading a system-wide redesign effort focused on increasing opportunities for students—including those in underserved populations—while enhancing the financial sustainability of the universities. 

Greenstein previously led the Postsecondary Success strategy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he worked with other higher education leaders across the country on initiatives designed to raise educational-attainment levels and to promote economic mobility, especially among low-income and minority students. He developed and implemented a national strategy for increasing the number of degrees awarded and for reducing the attainment gaps among majority and non-majority students at U.S. colleges and universities.  

Before joining the foundation, Greenstein was Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Programs for the University of California (UC) system. In that role, he oversaw system-wide academic planning and programs, including the University of California Press; the California Digital Library; the UC system's Education Abroad Program; internship programs in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento; and UC Online Education.  Greenstein has created and led several internet-based academic information services in the United States and the United Kingdom, and served on boards and acted in strategic consulting roles for educational, cultural heritage, and information organizations. 

He began his academic career as a senior lecturer in Modern History at Glasgow University in Scotland.  He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. An enthusiastic cyclist, Dan and his wife, Melissa, have two children.