System’s executive vice chancellor will assume new role March 1
Harrisburg – The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Feb. 21 affirmed the designation of PASSHE Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Peter H. Garland to serve as acting chancellor effective March 1.
Garland has held numerous senior level leadership positions with PASSHE since first being named executive associate to the chancellor in January 2002. He will serve as acting chancellor until Nov. 1, or until a successor to outgoing Chancellor Dr. John C. Cavanaugh is named.
“Dr. Garland will provide strong, stable leadership to PASSHE during this time of transition,” said Board of Governors Chairman Guido M. Pichini. “He has been with the State System for more than a decade and has worked closely with all of our various constituencies, both internal and external.”
As executive associate to the chancellor, Garland served as a senior adviser, assisting the chancellor in a liaison role with vice chancellors, university presidents, the Board of Governors and other senior staff. He was named vice chancellor for academic and student affairs in December 2003, leading the development of PASSHE’s strategic plan, which was adopted by the Board of Governors in July 2004, and assisting in the implementation of PASSHE’s System Accountability Program.
Garland was named executive vice chancellor in October 2006. In that position, he has served as PASSHE's chief operating officer, overseeing the major functional areas in the Office of the Chancellor; serving as liaison to university presidents and the Board of Governors; leading major system-wide projects, programs and initiatives; and coordinating the work of vice chancellors and other executive staff.
Dr. Cavanaugh will leave PASSHE Feb. 28 to become president and chief executive officer of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area based in Washington, D.C. He has served as PASSHE’s chancellor since June 2008.
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth, with about 115,000 students. The 14 PASSHE universities offer degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. About 500,000 PASSHE alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
The state-owned universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania. PASSHE also operates branch campuses in Clearfield, Freeport, Oil City and Punxsutawney and several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg and the Philadelphia Multi University Center in Philadelphia.