Daniel GreensteinApr 26, 2023
Transforming the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)
A Discussion with Daniel Greenstein, Chancellor of PASSHE
New Books Network 2023
We have an engaging discussion with Dr. Dan Greenstein, who in 2018 left the Gates Foundation, where he led the Post-Secondary program, to become the Chancellor for the PASSHE system. He knew he was taking on a great challenge with a system that had seen enrollment decline over the prior decade from a peak of 120,000 to fewer than 90,000 students. He was able to garner the necessary political support for a major transformation of the system, starting with financial stabilization by taking out $300 million in costs while freezing tuition for 4 consecutive years. This was followed by a system redesign, integrating sets of 3 independent institutions in the Western and Eastern parts of Pennsylvania into two new universities: West Penn and Commonwealth University. He shares lessons from this reform effort that will be part of a forthcoming book.
David Finegold is the president of Chatham University.