Board of Governors extends Norton’s contract



July 10, 2015

Harrisburg, Pa. - Slippery Rock University President Cheryl Norton got compliments and a contract extension from The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education at their quarterly meeting July 9. The contract extension runs through June 30, 2018.

"I'm delighted the Board of Governors recognized the outstanding work being done by our faculty, staff and administration at Slippery Rock University to continue to provide students with an exceptional learning experience. I'm excited about the future of the University as we continue to expand our academic degree offerings and build upon our tradition of excellence. I'm honored to serve as its president," Norton said.

In addition to Norton, the BOG also extended the contracts of Chancellor Frank Brogan and 10 other university presidents. Those extensions run also through June 30, 2018.

Presidents receiving one-year extensions to their contracts were:

• David Soltz, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania;

• Karen Whitney, Clarion University of Pennsylvania;

• Marcia Welsh, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania;

• Julie Wollman, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania;

• Michael Driscoll, Indiana University of Pennsylvania;

• Michael Fiorentino Jr., Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania;

• Francis Hendricks, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania;

• John Anderson, Millersville University of Pennsylvania;

• George "Jody" Harpster, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania; and

• Greg R. Weisenstein, West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

"Chancellor Brogan and the university presidents have proven to be outstanding leaders for the universities and the State System," said Board of Governors Chairman Guido Pichini. "Their leadership in support of the Board and the Councils of Trustees is key to the success of each of the institutions and all of our students."

The State System chancellor and the university presidents are hired under an initial three-year "rolling contract," which is subject to annual review. As a result of that performance-based review, the chancellor's and presidents' contracts each can be extended by a year.

California and Cheyney Universities of Pennsylvania are being led by interim presidents, who usually serve until a permanent president is hired and are not eligible to be considered for an extension. Kenneth Hawkinson began his tenure as president of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania on July 1.

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