Officials to Give Cheyney More Time After PASSHE Chancellor’s Comments Alarm University’s Supporters

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Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the state university system have agreed to give embattled Cheyney University more time for its transformation efforts, writes Susan Snyder for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The decision was made during a meeting at Gov. Wolf’s Harrisburg office. It included the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), Daniel Greenstein, Board of Governors chair Cynthia Shapira, Cheyney president Aaron Walton, and State Sen. Vincent Hughes.

According to Walton, they all “agreed to support Cheyney’s exciting plan for transformation.”

The meeting was after the Senate budget hearing last week, when Greenstein noted that the historically black university will likely lose its accreditation this year.

Greenstein said that, instead of waiting to see if that will happen, the university should determine a new path. This includes affiliating with another university and providing career training programs.

The comments from Greenstein shook many Cheyney supporters, who were convinced that the university was heading for better times after a decade of management issues and financial hurdles.

“What I don’t want us to do is to snatch the rug out of that positive trend,” said Hughes.

Read more about the Cheyney University’s future in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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