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Gilmour reelected vice chair of MSCHE, executive committee

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour has been reelected as vice chair for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education – a nonprofit association performing peer evaluation and accreditation of public and private universities and colleges – and its Executive Committee.

Middle States serves higher education institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other geographic areas in which the Commission conducts accrediting activities.

Seven members (including officers) comprise the Executive Committee, which is elected annually by the Commission. The Executive Committee has authority to act on behalf of the Commission as necessary between meetings to continue operations of the corporation, as well as to take action on accreditation and institutional membership. It includes administrative, faculty and public representatives.

Davie Jane GilmourGilmour was reelected vice chair for the MSCHE and the Executive Committee for 2021. She returned to the Commission in 2019 after having previously served from 2012-17. She served on the Executive Committee in 2017 and was chair of the Committee on Follow-Up Activities and Candidate Institutions. She also served on the MSCHE Rebranding Committee that was charged with creating a new messaging platform for the Commission. She has been president of Penn College, a special mission affiliate of Penn State, since 1998.

Relected as chair of the MSCHE and its Executive Committee for 2021 was James Sunser, president and CEO of Genesee Community College since August 2011; he served as vice chair in 2019 and was elected as chair last year. Sunser was a member of the steering committee that reviewed and recommended changes to MSCHE’s accreditation standards and the steering committee that worked on changes to the Commission’s accreditation processes and cycle, and he served on the MSCHE Rebranding Committee.

Lloyd Ricketts will serve as treasurer of the Commission and chair of the Finance Committee in 2021, having been its vice chair in 2020. He is treasurer at The College of New Jersey, beginning his association with that institution in 1999. Ricketts has served as a Peer Evaluator and Team Chair for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, participating in a number of accreditation site visits.

Valerie D. Lehr was elected secretary of the Commission and Executive Committee for 2021. She is a professor in the Gender Studies program and Government department at St. Lawrence University, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1988. Her term as a Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education began in January 2018; she is a new addition to the Executive Committee. She previously served MSCHE as a Team Chair, Peer Evaluator and Periodic Review Report Reviewer.

For a complete listing of MSCHE commissioners, visit the MSCHE website.

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