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PennWest is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), which is composed of 10 institutions. A Board of Governors (BOG) appointed by the governor is responsible for oversight of the State System. The BOG appoints the chancellor and each university president, approves new academic programs, sets tuition, and coordinates and approves the annual State System operating budget. Additionally, each university has a Council of Trustees that serves as a policy-setting board for the university.

The president is the chief executive officer for the university and oversees the operations and governance of the university as delineated in Act 188, Section 2009-A.  

The provost is the chief academic officer and vice president for academic affairs. The provost is the strategic leader for the Academic Affairs division and responsible for academic programs and services offered through the colleges. Each college consists of a number of departments under which the academic programs are offered. The Division of Academic Affairs also oversees the university library, registrar’s office, Global Online, and academic support services.

  • Division of Academic Affairs
  • Division of Finance
  • Division of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Affairs
  • Division of Enrollment Management
  • Division of Advancement
  • Division of University Affairs


Jim Geiger, MHA

Vice President for Advancement

Dr. Laurie Bernotsky

Interim President

Dr. James Fisher

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Fawn Petrosky, CPA

Vice President for Finance

Dr. Susanne Fenske

Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Affairs

Dr. Sarah Freed

Interim Vice President Strategic Enrollment Management

Kelly Repinski, MS, MHA

Vice President for University Affairs and Advocacy

Eric Guiser, SHRM-SCP

Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Dr. Scott Heinerichs

Special Assistant to the Interim President