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George Harpster to reprise role as Shippensburg University interim president

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George F. 'Jody' Harpster. Submitted photo.
George F. 'Jody' Harpster. Submitted photo.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors has appointed George F. “Jody” Harpster the interim president of Shippensburg University for a second time.

Harpster, who previously held the role from June 2005 to February 2007, will step in after current president William N. Ruud leaves at the end of May to become the next president of the University of Northern Iowa. A national search will be conducted for a permanent replacement.

Harpster is SU's executive vice president for external affairs and government relations. Previously, he was the university's vice president for student affairs beginning in 1995. Before coming to SU, Harpster spent more than a decade at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he served as director of student life, dean of students and assistant vice chancellor for student affairs. He began his academic career in student affairs while attending Shippensburg University as a graduate student from 1972 to 1974.

Harpster holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Juniata College, a master's degree in counseling and college student personnel administration from Shippensburg, and a doctorate in adult and higher education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

SU is one of 14 state-owned universities in PASSHE.

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