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Welcome  to Shippensburg University.

President Harpster

I have the honor to serve Shippensburg University as its president. As a proud Ship alumnus, I have experienced first-hand the support and encouragement the university provides to help students succeed. As a member of the university administration since 1995, I have seen how the entire campus works jointly to ensure our commitment to students remains strong.  

That commitment has resulted in many successes as well as the continued enhancement of the Ship experience. For example: 

  • Shippensburg was named a top university in the North once again by U.S. News & World Report and several of our programs were named among the best of their kind. The John L. Grove College of Business received recognition in the top 100 online MBA programs nationally and as one of the best undergraduate business programs, and the university’s social work program was listed in the Best Graduate Schools nationally. 
  • Our first doctoral program, a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, will enroll its first cohort in summer 2015. This program is in partnership with Millersville University.
  • The Shippensburg University Foundation has surpassed its goal for the $45 million campaign Charting the Course, Lighting the Way, having raised more than $60 million as of January 2015. The campaign is the largest private fundraising effort in the Foundation’s history and the highest goal for charitable private sector dollars among the 14 State System universities. These funds will have an important and long-lasting impact on our students and the university. 
  • Shippensburg University was ranked among the top universities in the nation for return on investment by students—and the top in Pennsylvania—by the research company PayScale.com.
  • Shippensburg University was recognized again in 2014 as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle for Higher Education.
  • The university received approval for a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program—the first in the State System—to begin fall 2015. Additional new programs include a dual certification in PreK-4 education and PreK-8 special education, a minor in disability studies, a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, and a Master of Arts in Teaching/Science Education.
  • The Communication/Journalism Department became the first in the State System and just the third in Pennsylvania to receive accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. 
  • Shippensburg students have earned several recent honors, including first and second place in the third annual State System Student Business Plan Competition, first place at the American Marketing Association Regional Conference, and receiving a prestigious grant from the Collegiate Middle Level Association at their annual conference.
  • Three faculty and a student received Fulbright awards in the past 18 months: Dr. Stephen Burg, professor of history and chair of the History/Philosophy Department; Dr. Lonce Bailey, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Kurt Kraus, professor and chair of the Counseling and College Student Personnel Department; and recent graduate Ethan Goldbach.
  • Our intercollegiate athletic teams also continue their success. The university finished No. 20 in the 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. SU has now finished among the Top 20 schools in the Division II Directors' Cup standings four times in the last five years. The university had a record 141 PSAC Scholar-Athletes last year, 31 percent of Raider student-athletes.
  • A project under way to update the campus heating and cooling system will reduce the university’s carbon footprint by nearly 40 percent and save approximately $330,000 annually in energy costs.

These are but a few of the exciting programs and opportunities at the university. I hope that after you browse our website, you come visit our campus to experience the true spirit of Ship. 

Jody Harpster, Ph.D.

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