Senator Martin Reappointed to PASSHE Board of Governors

HARRISBURG – Senator Scott Martin (R-13) was reappointed recently by Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-34) to continue serving as a member of Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

The Board of Governors is made up of 20 members and plays a critical role in the operations of PASSHE, including establishing educational, financial and personnel policies, setting tuition and budgets, and approving new academic programs. The panel is also responsible for appointing the System’s chancellor and university presidents.

Martin led efforts in the Senate along with Senator Tommy Tomlinson (R-6) to pass legislation (Act 50 of 2020) last year allowing PASSHE to redesign the system to deal with rising financial pressures and declining enrollment. Lawmakers received an update on the system redesign efforts during a Senate hearing this week.

PASSHE is expected to present its system redesign proposal in April of this year, to be followed by a public comment period and phased implementation set for fall of 2022.

“It is an honor to be given an opportunity to play a leading role in helping to transform PASSHE to better prepare students for the demands of the workforce, both now and in the future,” said Martin, who was also recently named Chair of the Senate Education Committee. “I am impressed with the work PASSHE has done to this point to redesign its system to continue offering a high-quality education for students at an affordable price, and I look forward to continuing to work with them to complete this transformation in the months and years ahead.”

PASSHE is made up of 14 member universities with campuses in communities throughout the state. More than 500,000 Pennsylvanians count themselves as alumni of the State System.

He will be one of four legislators serving on the panel. The rest of the membership includes the Governor, the Secretary of Education, 11 citizens appointed by the Governor, and three students.

Martin is a graduate of Millersville University, which also is located within the 13th Senatorial District that he represents.

CONTACT: Terry Trego (717) 787-6535

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