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Board of Governors Extends Clarion U. President Whitney Through 2019

Friday, July 15, 2016 @ 12:07 AM

Posted by Chris Rossetti

whitney3HARRISBURG, Pa. (EYT) – The Board of Governors (BOG) of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education extended the contract of Clarion University president Karen Whitney through June 30, 2019.

Whitney’s contract extension was one of 11 the BOG extended through June 30, 2019, including the contract of Chancellor Frank Brogan.

Whitney, Clarion’s 16th president, has served as Clarion’s president since July 1, 2010. Her tenure has been a tumultuous one with enrollment decline, a workforce reduction plan and recently the ending of a nearly 35-year relationship with Goodwill Industries for custodial services for auxiliary buildings on campus. She has also overseen an increase in diversity on campus and the construction of new suites on Main Street in addition to the renovation of existing buildings.

In addition to Whitney and Brogan, additional contracts renewed by the BOG include those of the following presidents: David Soltz, Bloomsburg; Marcia Welsh, East Stroudsburg Michael Driscoll, IUP; Kenneth Hawkinson, Kutztown; Michael Fiorentino Jr., Lock Haven; Francis L. Hendricks, Mansfield; John Anderson, Millersville; George “Jody” Harpster, Shippensburg; and Cheryl Norton, Slippery Rock.

Cheyney and West Chester are being led by interim presidents, who usually serve until a permanent president is hired and are not eligible to be considered for an extension. Two presidents, Geraldine Jones at California (Pa.) and H. Fred Walker at Edinboro, were appointed earlier this year and also were not considered for contract extensions. Both of their contracts already run through June 30, 2019.

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