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Pichini Elected to Fifth Term as Chair of State System Board of Governors

Guido PichiniJuly 10, 2015

Harrisburg - Guido M. Pichini '74 of Wyomissing has been re-elected to a fifth consecutive term as chairman of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors. Pichini four years ago became the first State System university alumnus to chair the Board that oversees the State System. The election was held at the Board's meeting on Thursday.

The 20-member Board of Governors has overall responsibility for planning and coordinating the development and operation of the State System, which is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth, enrolling about 110,000 students. The Board establishes broad fiscal, personnel and educational policies under which the 14 State System universities operate.

Mr. Pichini is president of WSK & Associates and its related companies of Wyomissing. He is in his third term on the Board of Governors and also is a member and former chair of the Council of Trustees at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and the former chair of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees (PACT), the statewide organization that comprises the trustees from all 14 State System universities.

Mr. Pichini earned a bachelor's degree in education/political science, and completed graduate studies in public administration at Kutztown. He also graduated from Wilson College with certification in the minor judiciary, attaining the highest grade in the history of Pennsylvania. He served two terms as a councilman in the Borough of Wyomissing Hills and four terms as mayor, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board.

Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth, with about 110,000 degree-seeking students and thousands more who are enrolled in certificate and other career-development programs. Collectively, the 14 universities that comprise the State System offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas. Nearly 520,000 State System university alumni live in Pennsylvania.

The State System universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania. The universities also operate branch campuses in Oil City (Clarion), Freeport and Punxsutawney (IUP), and Clearfield (Lock Haven), and offer classes and programs at several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg and in Center City in Philadelphia.

Press release courtesy of the State System