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Shared Governance

Basic Principles of Shared Governance:

  • Administration should inform potentially affected constituencies and provide them sufficient opportunity for dialogue before decisions are reached.
  • All constituent groups should be able to participate and influence decision making, and they should receive a reply to their contributions.
  • Administration retains the authority to make final decisions, and participation in this process should not impede timely decision making.

What is Shared Governance

California University believes decisions affecting university constituencies will be based upon mutually supportive and respectful dialogue, which involves broad and unending two-way communication.  University authorities have a responsibility to inform potentially affected constituencies and provide them sufficient opportunity for dialogue before decisions are reached.  All such constituencies will have the opportunity to influence decision making and retain the right to receive a reply.

The shared governance model at Cal U gives a “voice” to all constituent groups potentially affected by a decision.  This “voice” involves mutual participation in the decision making process, no matter who initiates or responds to recommendations, which are broadly considered any suggested course of action whether or not formally presented in writing.  Participation in this process recognizes administrators’ authority to make final decisions and depends upon timely responsiveness of all interested parties.  

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)
Brendan Garay (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)


May 5, 2016

March 3, 2016


The California University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees approved the Shared Governance Plan at its June 2015 meeting.

Read the final report and recommendations created by the Shared Governance Task Force.

Task Force meeting minutes

November 19, 2014

May 27, 2014

May 8, 2014

April 29, 2014

April 23, 2014

April 7, 2014

March 24, 2014

March 10, 2014

February 27, 2014

January 23, 2014

December 10, 2013

November 18, 2013

Task Force Reports

Final report and recommendations

June 22, 2014
May 18, 2014
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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