Briggs appointed to PASSHE Board of Governors

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, announced today that he has been appointed to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody.


“As a proud graduate of West Chester University serving on the PASSHE Board of Governors is a great honor and an incredible responsibility. I thank Leader Dermody for this opportunity to support and strengthen our state’s institutions of higher education,” Briggs said. “As a Board member, my top priority is ensuring Pennsylvania’s students have access to quality higher education opportunities at a reasonable cost.”


The 20-member Board of Governors is responsible for planning and coordinating development and operation of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The Board establishes broad educational, fiscal, and personnel policies, and oversees the efficient management of the State System. Among other tasks, the Board appoints the chancellor and university presidents, approves new academic programs, sets tuition, and coordinates and approves the annual State System operating budget.


“PASSHE Universities provide quality higher education to over 100,000 students at 14 campuses statewide, at an often more affordable cost than other state-related intuitions,” Briggs said. “At the same time, the system has seen declining enrollment while struggling to financially to meet the needs of its students, faculty and staff. These problems need to be addressed in order to provide a better future for higher education in Pennsylvania. I look forward to working with my fellow-Board members to continue finding ways to increase fiscal responsibility and boost enrollment at PASSHE institutions.”


Of the 20 members of the Board, 11 are appointed to four-year terms by the governor of Pennsylvania. Their appointments are confirmed by the PA State Senate. Three are students, selected from among the universities' student government association presidents, who serve on the Board until graduation. Four legislators are selected by the majority and minority leaders of the PA State Senate and House of Representatives. The governor of Pennsylvania or a designee also is a Board member, as is the state secretary of education or a designee.


Briggs has served the 149th Legislative District since 2009, and also currently serves as the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.