Dr. Jody Harpster appointed as interim president

Dr. Jody Harpster today was appointed interim president effective May 31. Following is information from B. Michael Schaul, chair of the university's Council of Trustees, on behalf of the Council of Trustees:

“The Council of Trustees is particularly pleased that Dr. Jody Harpster was appointed today as Shippensburg’s interim president by the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. At the direction of the Council of Trustees, I met with representatives of all campus constituencies prior to our making a recommendation to the system office. Based on those meetings, in which the support for Jody was overwhelming, the trustees recommended that Jody be appointed to serve as interim president.

“Jody’s prior service as interim president after President Tony Ceddia retired in 2005 and the arrival of President Bill Ruud in 2007 gives him the experience necessary to provide the university with needed leadership during this transition. Jody’s knowledge, commitment and long-term support to our University are without question as he follows in the footsteps of Presidents Ruud and Ceddia.”

Following is the news release issued by the Chancellor’s Office today.

Date: April 11, 2013

For release: Immediately

Contact: Kenn Marshall, (717) 720-4054

Dr. George F. ‘Jody’ Harpster named interim president
of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Will assume temporary role May 31

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors today named Dr. George F. "Jody" Harpster to serve as interim president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania effective May 31. Dr. Harpster is the university’s executive vice presidharpsterent for external affairs and government relations. He also served as Shippensburg’s interim president from June 2005 to February 2007.

Current Shippensburg University President Dr. William N. Ruud will leave the position at the end of May to become the next president of the University of Northern Iowa. A national search will be conducted for a permanent replacement. Dr. Harpster was named to his current position after serving for nearly 21 months as Shippensburg’s interim president. Previously, he was the university’s vice president for student affairs beginning in 1995.

Before coming to Shippensburg, Dr. Harpster spent more than a decade at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he served as director of student life, dean of students and assistant vice chancellor for student affairs. He began his academic career in student affairs while attending Shippensburg University as a graduate student from 1972 to 1974.

Dr. Harpster holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Juniata College, a Master of Science degree in counseling and college student personnel administration from Shippensburg, and a Ph.D. in adult and higher education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The 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.