HARRISBURG – State Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) released the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors’ vote to consolidate six of its 14 campuses:
“California University (Cal U), located in the 46th Senatorial District, has allowed countless generations of Pennsylvanians the opportunity for quality and affordable higher education. This institution is a bedrock of our community and ensuring its ability to thrive and continue to do what it does best – educating and preparing our future generations – is a priority for me.
“Over the last year, I have heard from scores of community members about this integration. Speaking with members of the faculty, administration, and student body, I know how important this campus is to our area and the greater region.
“While I am encouraged by the reassurance from Chancellor Dan Greenstein that Cal U will retain its unique identity under this consolidation plan, I am concerned the decision was made without knowing critical information, such as if the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will allow each individual school’s athletic programs to be maintained under the consolidation. The Vulcans are a major driving force of Cal U’s fundraising and recruiting efforts and it would be devastating if NCAA does not approve this proposal.
“The fiscal realities cannot be ignored, but given how the pandemic disrupted our lives, including the world of higher education, I believe it would be more appropriate to give this discussion more time and consideration. While I do not have a vote on the PASSHE board, I can assure you I remain committed to fighting for what is best for California University.”
CONTACT: Katrina Hanna, 717-787-1463