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PASSHE Chancellor Named Vice Chair of National Panel

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor John Cavanaugh has been selected to serve as vice chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Committee on Policies and Purposes.

The committee serves as AASCU’s “think tank” to help the organization remain on the cutting edge of issues in higher education and society at large that will have an impact on member campuses. AASCU comprises 430 public colleges and universities in the United States, and in Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The appointment runs through November 2010.

“I look forward to participating and contributing to the discussion of issues of vital importance to higher education and our nation,” Cavanaugh said. “AASCU institutions provide access an educational opportunities to more than 3.5 million students, nearly half of all of those attending public colleges and universities in the United States. They are student centered and committed to serving the needs of their communities, their regions, and the nation.”

The committee appointment is the second national post to which Cavanaugh has been named since becoming PASSHE chancellor in July 2008. Last year, he was appointed to the State Higher Education Executive Officers’ Federal Relations Committee. Earlier this year, he was named the committee’s vice chair.