Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has been struggling over the last few years with falling enrollment leading to financial problems.
Now, they’re hoping a new vision can help set them on the path to a better future.
The system’s fifth chancellor was sworn into office today. He then laid out his vision for Passhe moving forward.
On Wednesday, Dr. Dan Greenstein was sworn in as the Fifth Chancellor for Pennsylvania’s State System of High Education, or PASSHE.
Governor Tom Wolf says, “I appreciate, and am really grateful for your willingness to come here and reinvent higher education here in Pennsylvania.”
Wolf introducing Greenstein as the right man for the job at a time of great challenges for the 14-state-owned universities. “I welcome the opportunity to work with Dr. Greenstein on a new vision for the state system.”
Nearly 100,000 students are enrolled at the schools in the PASSHE system, but enrollment has dropped by more than 21,000 over the last decade.
Greenstein says, “I’m not talking about making modest adjustments to our enterprise. We won’t tweak our way out of this. What I’m talking about is fundamental transformation and redesign.”
He says his vision includes the schools combining their business and administrative functions to be more cost-efficient, as well as relying on new public-private partnerships in the future.
“I welcome the challenge. I know that you do. I’m honored to work amongst you to take it on. And we will succeed.”