The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s (PASSHE) Board of Governors has extended the contract of Mansfield University President Maravene Loeschke and 10 other PASSHE University presidents through June 30, 2014.
The action came at the Board of Governors meeting on Thursday, April 7 in Harrisburg.
The Board of Governors is responsible for the employment of the 14 PASSHE University presidents. The decision whether to renew a contract is made annually, based on the recommendations of each University’s Council of Trustees and the Chancellor John Cavanaugh.
The Mansfield Council of Trustees unanimously recommended she receive a contract extension at a special meeting on January 26. Loeschke assumed the MU presidency on July 1, 2006.
The PASSHE Board also extended Cavanaugh’s contract through June 30, 2014.
“He embodies the words honesty, integrity and conviction,” Marie Conley, chair of the Board’s Human Resources Committee, said. “While he has continued to motivate his team of presidents and staff through some difficult years of little financial growth and extreme cost-saving measures that have had a huge impact on each of the 14 campuses, it is obvious to anyone who meets him or speaks with him, he has truly one mission, one focus, one goal – to produce the most positive, effective and efficient experience for every student who enters any of our 14 doors.”
Interim presidents are serving at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lock Haven University. Michael Fiorentino Jr., currently the executive vice president and provost of Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, MA, will assume the presidency at Lock Haven in July. Edinboro University President Jeremy D. Brown recently announced that he will be leaving next month to assume the presidency of Dowling College on Long Island, N.Y.
PASSHE is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with more than 120,000 students. The 14 PASSHE universities offer degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Approximately 500,000 PASSHE alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.