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Congratulations to
Dr. Laurie Bernotsky!

Laurie Bernotsky speaking at a podium

On Wednesday, December 20th, 2023, the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education appointed Dr. Laurie Bernotsky as West Chester University's 16th President. Please see the announcements below:

About WCU’s Presidential Search ConsultantsGreenwood Asher & Associates

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Search Timeline

Search Process for Internal Candidate


Search Process for Open Recruitment (If Trustees move to Open Recruitment)


Search Committee Members


Christopher Franklin
Trustee, Chair (II.A.1&12)
Kristen Crossney
Faculty Election Primary (II.A.3)
Susan Yoder Schick
Trustee (II.A.1)
Marc Gagné
Faculty Election *Alternate* (II.A.3)
Jonathan Ireland
Trustee (II.A.1)
Marshal Kerdeman
Non-Instructional Primary (II.A.4)
Desha Williams
Dean of the College of Education and Social Work
Executive Council Selection (II.A.2)
Michael Raith
Non-Instructional *Alternate* (II.A.4)
Carolyn Evans
Academic Affairs
Non-Instructional Council Selection (II.A.4)
Alexandra Clancy
SGA Primary (II.A.5)
Amah Dunor
Graduate Student Association President
Additional Council Selection (II.A.7)
Sierra Irving
SGA *Alternate* (II.A.5)
Sabrina Rightmer
Student Affairs
Additional Council Selection (II.A.7)
Matthew Holliday
Alumni Association Primary (II.A.6)
Patricia Shields
Administration and Finance
Additional Council Selection (II.A.7)
Joseph Kienle
Alumni Association *Alternate* (II.A.6)
Tracey Ray Robinson
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Advisor (II.A.8)
Bill Gindlesperger
Board of Governors (II.A.9)
Margaret Ervin
APSCUF Primary (II.A.3)
Aaron Walton
Non-Voting University President (II.A.10)
Dana Morrison
APSCUF *Alternate* (II.A.3)
Randy Goin Jr.
Non-Voting Office of the Chancellor Liaison (II.A.11)

About West Chester University

West Chester University is the largest member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, which is comprised of 10 state-owned universities within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1871, West Chester University is a comprehensive public institution offering a diverse range of more than 180 academic opportunities in 40 fields of study across undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. In addition to West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, Philadelphia, and online. Six colleges and two schools comprise the University: University College, Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the Wells School of Music, and the Graduate School. The popular University maintains a consistent presence on both Money magazine's The Best Colleges in America list and America's Top Colleges list by Forbes. The University is also a Military Friendly Schools gold status member and has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for three years in a row.


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