​Dear Trustees, 

A summary of the Joint meeting of the PACT Executive Board and Council of Trustee Chairs follows, which was held on January 26, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Also attached you will find the agenda and presentations (below) from the meeting to reference. Thank you to all PACT Executive Board members and Council Chairs who were on the call. It was a full agenda as you can see, and you will be hearing more in the coming weeks, especially in the areas of DEI and Advocacy.

​Discussion

Advocacy and Trustee Involvement: Dr. Randy Goin, Deputy Chancellor, and Mr. Cody Jones, Chief Strategic Relations Officer reviewed the advocacy campaign goals and how trustees can help meet those goals by:

  • Creating new connections and expanding network to tell our story, 

  • Stand united in our messaging, make connections and 

  • Provide support to trustees and help facilitate the discussions in support of our campaign goal ---  “Position PASSHE universities as the high-quality, affordable option to meet the state’s growing talent demand and to secure impactful state investment”.  

  • The long term campaign objectives are to advance a positive view of PASSHE Universities’ impact, advance a positive view of PASSHE universities’ commitment to operational effectiveness, accountability, and transparency, and advance a positive view of PASSHE universities potential.  More Information and facts can be found on the PASSHE website  the Power and Promise of PASSHE. 

As we approach the budget season and given the significant inflow of new legislators this term, Cody will be sending another advocacy survey to all trustees to assess and map where our trustees have relationships in the legislature. The goal is to identify legislators that trustees feel they could pick up the phone and make contact. This information will be critical to the System efforts. More information will be shared soon.

Trustee Involvement – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Dr. Denise Pearson, Vice Chancellor and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer, and Dr. Kate Akers, Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Data Officer, provided a summary of data from the recent Climate Survey that was conducted Systemwide.  As you recall, the survey was sent to students, faculty, staff, and non-represented employees on all university campuses. The results were then tabulated and reports shared with your universities. This is where PACT’s work is needed --  for all Trustees to support the Presidents expectations and work with them  to understand expectations of your respective university; review your  university reports and engage in sense-making discussions about the findings and action planning. President expectations can be found on page 18 of the attached PowerPoint. We have summarized them below for your convenience:

Establish a process for engaging their community in a discussion of survey results with a view to understanding them, prioritizing what issues ought to be addressed over the next three years, and gather input into specific actions that may be taken, as well as the measurable goals that should be associated with those actions; 

  • Share the above with Executive Leadership Group (ELG) and its appropriate sub-groups, with a view to having finalized plans available by June 2023.

  • Beginning summer 2023, include actions and goals in annual Comprehensive Planning Process (CPP), and reflect on them in presidential performance and CPP review (presidents may also wish to include actions in university DEI strategies, strategic plans, and or other appropriate planning documents).

  • ELG or System Leadership Group (SLG) councils under its direction, may also wish to engage in information sharing and/or collaboration where appropriate both in planning and implementation.

  • Additional data and information can be accessed through the Climate Survey Dashboard Portal​. (select the hyperlink to view results for your respective university).  

​Other business items

  • Nominations for two vacancies on the PACT Executive Committee were approved. Please welcome and congratulate Mr. Mark Bellini, Trustee, PennWest Edinboro, who was elected as 2nd Vice President, and Mr. Thomas Grayuski, Trustee, East Stroudsburg University who was elected as Secretary of PACT.

  • Audit of PACT financial records were approved for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.

  • PACT Treasurer, Ms. Karen Russell, noted that dues for FY 2021-2022 were suspended, and PACT leadership will be reviewing budget and dues restructuring for the FY 2022-23 when the reorganization meeting  occurs in July 2023. A date has not been set, and more information forthcoming.

Save the Dates

PACT Spring Virtual Meeting – May 3, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. More information and agenda details will follow soon.

Quarterly Board of Governors Meeting – February 15-16, 2023

Quarterly Call with the Chancellor and System leaders.  All Trustees are now invited to participate in these quarterly calls with the Chancellor to review agenda items and other System initiatives. The calls were initially scheduled with the PACT Executive Board, Council of Trustee Chairs and Vice Chairs. However, all Trustees are now invited to participate each quarter. Please hold the following dates on your calendar. Zoom details will follow prior to each call. 

February 9, 2023 – 1:00 p.m.

April 13, 2023 – 1:00 p.m.

July 13, 2023 – 1:00 p.m.

October 12, 2023 -  1:00 p.m.

  • ​Student Trustees Zoom meeting scheduled for Monday, January 30, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Mary Beth Williams, Vice President for Student Affairs, Millersville University, will assist and facilitate the discussion with the students, to increase engagement among our students. 

Feel free to contact me​ if you have any questions and have a good day. ​

Rich Frerichs, PACT President 


PACT Officers​

Comm​onwealth University ​- Bloomsburg - Mr. Ray Zaborney  
Commonwealth University - Lock Haven - Mr. Krystjan Callahan  
Commonwealth Mansfield, vice chair PACT treasurer - Ms. Karen J. Russell  
PennWest California - Mr. Barry Niccolai  
PennWest Clarion - Honorable Donna Oberlander  
PennWest Edinboro - Mr. Mark A. Bellini  
Cheyney - Ms. Cheryl E. Harper  
East Stroudsburg - Mr. Thomas Grayuski  
Indiana - Mr. Nathan T. Spade  
Kutztown - Mr. John P. Wabby  
Millersville, PACT president -Dr. Richard L. Frerichs  
Shippensburg, PACT first VP - Mr. L. Michael Ross  
Slippery Rock - Mr. Jeffrey Smith  
West Chester - Honorable Stephen Kinsey