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Dr. George F. “Jody” Harpster Jr. is the sixteenth president of Shippensburg University. He previously served two terms as interim president of the university.
A native of Tyrone, Pa., Dr. Harpster earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Juniata College in 1972, his master's degree in counseling and college student personnel administration from Shippensburg in 1974, and his Ph.D. in adult and higher education with
emphasis on organizational development and small group studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984.
Dr. Harpster rejoined Shippensburg in 1995 as vice president for student affairs, a post he held for ten years before being named interim president. He was later named executive vice president and then executive vice president for external affairs and university relations.
Dr. Harpster is active in professional organizations including the American College Personnel Association, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, CUPRAP: The Association of Communicators in Education, and the National Association of College and University
Business Officers. He also is a member of numerous honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
He is active in the community, and is a member of organizations including Franklin County Women-In-Need Capital Campaign Steering Committee, Franklin County Friends of Legal Services Fundraising Committee, South-central Pennsylvania Regional Action Plan Steering
Committee, Harrisburg Area Transportation Study Group Technical Committee, Shippensburg Public Library Capital Campaign Steering Committee, Shippensburg Area Small Business Development Center Organizing Group, and Boy Scouts of America Frontier District Leadership
Dr. Harpster has been recognized for his many achievements with numerous awards including the Shippensburg University Multicultural Student Affairs Recognizing the Effort Award, Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce Common Ground Award, Shippensburg University Martin Luther
King Dream Award, Tyrone Area High School Distinguished Alumnus Award, Shippensburg University Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award, and the American College Personnel Association Outstanding State Division Leader Award.