Chancellor Dan Greenstein at Mansfield commencement

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 90,000 degree-seeking students and thousands more enrolled in certificate and other career-development programs. ​

Public higher education: more than an experiment

​​As we prepare to close out another year, I hope we will all take a moment to reflect on and acknowledge our tremendous accomplishments. Their most vivid instantiation is in the graduates who are walking across our stages (whether physically or virtually) this month. Drawn from all walks of life, they prepare to advance into our world with blessings bestowed on them by their first-hand encounter with the power and very real promise that is public higher education—that is our State System universities. Every graduate’s experience of higher education is unique. This cohort is no exception.

Their experience was flavored by navigating extraordinary times marked by pandemic, unprecedented levels of political and societal upheaval, and then some. Despite this, they are as well prepared as any of our graduating cohorts to make their way—drawing upon the soft skills and hard skills they developed—and are able to sustain themselves and their families, contribute to their communities, and pay it forward to the next generation. And they are well prepared because of all that our faculty and staff do on a daily basis to ensure our students are cared for, challenged intellectually and critically, supported in developing deep and lasting friendships, and prepared to engage thoughtfully and constructively in a complex world filled with people of diverse backgrounds and world views. This is the promise of power and public higher education. To our faculty and staff, I say thank you for everything you do for our students, their communities, our universities and this Commonwealth.


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Fiscal Year 2022-23 Funding Memos

At its October 2021 meeting, the PASSHE Board of Governors approved a Fiscal Year 2022-23 general fund appropriations request of $550 million. It also approved a motion to advocate for $201 million annually in financial aid paid directly to students attending a PA State System university, including and especially emphasizing community college transfer students in programs of study leading to high-demand occupations.

In taking these actions, the Board assumed that the General Assembly would honor its three-year commitment made in June 2021 to allocate $200 million of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to the State System – with $50 million approved for distribution in the current 2021-22 fiscal year and the expectation that two subsequent $75 million installments would be paid in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 fiscal years, respectively. 

The memos below provide the context and rationale for PASSHE’s funding needs and an overview of what the commonwealth can expect from PASSHE for this level of investment, both in terms of student outcomes and affordability. 

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Chancellor Greenstein's Bio

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 Postsecon
dary 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.​

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Biography

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-in​come 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. 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 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