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Shared Governance

What is Shared Governance

California University believes decisions affecting university constituencies will be based upon mutually supportive and respectful dialogue.  University authorities have a responsibility to inform potentially affected constituencies and consult with them regarding decisions.  Constituencies have the opportunity to influence decision making through proposals or recommendations and retain the right to receive a reply.

The shared governance model at Cal U gives a “voice” in decision making to all constituent groups potentially affected by a decision.  This “voice” involves participation in the decision making process by all and recognizes administrators’ authority to make the final decision.  The decision making process includes seeking input from constituent groups through open and timely communication before final decisions are reached.


The Council of Trustees for California University of Pennsylvania dissolved the University Forum in June 2013, and the Task Force to Study Shared Governance at Cal U has been asked to review the remaining governance structure with an eye toward continuous improvement.

The review of California University's system of shared governance will be an important component of the University's Periodic Review Report to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. That report must be submitted in June 2015.

Shared Governance Task Force charge

Interim University President Geraldine M. Jones has asked that the task force deliver the following with a deadline of July 1, 2014:

  • Review and codify the existing shared governance system on campus and describe how the various governing entities relate to one another.
  • Formulate recommendations as to whether the current shared governance system simply needs minor adjustments or if a larger overhaul/revision is needed.
  • Develop recommendations for improved shared governance with a goal of streamlining, simplifying and formalizing the system while permitting all campus constituencies to have a voice.
  • Review any unfinished business from the University Forum for current relevance.

Task force members

The Task Force to Study Shared Governance includes representatives of California University's faculty, staff, students, administration and bargaining units.

Members are:

Bruce Barnhart (Administration)
Carol Bocetti (Faculty-At-Large
Brendon Demmy (Student Government)
Kelsey Denardo (Student Government)
Don Verney (AFSCME)
Stan Komacek (Administration), Assistant Chair
Linda Meyer (Faculty-At-Large)
Robert Thorn (Administration)
Michael Slavin (APSCUF)
Craig Smith (Faculty Senate), Chair
Sheleta Webb (SCUPA)
Tom Wickham (Department Chair)
Mohamed Yamba (Dean)

Task Force meeting minutes

March 24, 2014

March 10, 2014

February 27, 2014

January 23, 2014

December 10, 2013

November 18, 2013

Task Force Reports

March 30, 2014
February 17, 2014
January 7, 2014

Contact Us

Reach the Task Force with comments on the shared governance system at Cal U, contact any member or e-mail Craig Smith

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