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Welcome  to Shippensburg University.

Once again I have the honor to serve Shippensburg University as its interim 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. Harpster 

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 its programs were named among the best of their kind. The John L. Grove College of Business received recognition as one of the best undergraduate business programs, and the university’s social work program was listed in the Best Graduate Schools nationally. 
  • The first cohort to benefit from the University’s Scholarships for Educational Achievement for students interested in acquiring a degree in science, engineering, technology, or mathematics (SEA-STEM) will start this fall semester.  
  • The Shippensburg University Foundation is in the public phase of its $45 million campaign Charting the Course, Lighting the Way. 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 PASSHE universities. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $29 million. These funds will have an important and long-lasting impact on our students and the university. 
  • Military Times EDGE recognized Shippensburg in its list of Best 
for Vets: Colleges 2013, ranking the university forty-fourth out of 300 four-
year colleges and universities. Last year, the university opened the Veterans Resource Center in the Ceddia Union Building.  
  • SUTV, our student-operated campus television station, received an Emmy in the College Production-Sports Category and members of WSYC, the student-operated radio station, were nominated for a College Radio Award in the category of “Best Use of Limited Resources.”    
  • Students in the John L. Grove College of Business also earned honors. Enactus, formerly the Students in Free Enterprise club, won the regional championship at the 2013 Enactus Regional Competition in Baltimore while four students won the 2013 Society for Human Resource Management Northeast Regional Case Competition. 
  • Our student-athletes continue to excel winning conference titles and even national honors. Bre White was named the 2012 Longstreth/ NFHCA Division II Field Hockey Player of the Year and football player Zach Zulli earned the Harlon Hill Trophy, the NCAA Division II equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. In addition, a number of teams, including cross country, field hockey and football, represented Ship in NCAA regional and/or national competitions. 

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


Jody Harpster, Ph.D.
Interim President 


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