2 Millersville University Presidential Search 3
3 About Millersville
4 The Bold Path
6 MU Facts
9 Pennsylvania State System of Higher
Education Board of Governors
11 Leadership Opportunity
18 Appendix I - Points of Pride
19 Appendix II - Council of Trustees
Cover: Biemesderfer Center, The former Library and now home to administrative offices.
Welcome Thank you for your interest in Millersville University of Pennsylvanias presidential
search. As chair of the Council of Trustees, I can assure you that we are committed
to finding the best candidate to take the helm of our great university.
The Millersville University community is pulsing with life, creativity and
innovation. We have worked hard over the last several years to expand our
undergraduate and graduate program offerings and update campus buildings
with the latest technology including our upcoming brand-new net zero energy
Lombardo Welcome Center. In addition we have invested in high-impact practices
that prioritize student learning both in and out of the classroom.
The University is looking for a president who will embrace the great work already
being done here while also being committed to progress. There is a real opportunity
for leadership. The University is looking forward to the upcoming Middle States
2020 decennial review process. The new president will be able to use that review to
put his or her mark on the Universitys next strategic plan.
Were excited that youre exploring a community that is Together Strong. Thank
you for your interest in Millersville University.
Michael G. Warfel 84
Chair, Council of Trustees
Millersville University of Pennsylvania is a top-ranked, public
university located in the northeast region of the United States. It
is committed to offering students a high-quality, comprehensive
university experience of exceptional value. Dedicated to
providing nationally recognized programs that embrace the
liberal arts, Millersville offers academic opportunities that are
supported by outstanding faculty who are accomplished scholars
and practitioners. Founded in 1855 as the first Normal School
in Pennsylvania, Millersville University is one of 14 universities
within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Located on 250 acres in the heart of historic Lancaster County,
Pa., Millersville University enjoys a tranquil campus featuring
a pleasing mix of historic buildings and modern structures. Its
central locale affords easy access to the culture and excitement
of major East Coast cities such as Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Millersville serves 7,927 students and 70,000 alumni. There are
321 full-time faculty and 504 full-time staff and administration.
In 2011 the university completed the purchase of a world-class
performance facility in downtown Lancaster, Pa., to serve as a
gateway from the nearby campus to the hub of the city. Now
the home of The Ware Center, it is dedicated to innovation,
engagement and creativity, and the facility offers space for
academic and cultural events programs as well as elegant
With the completion of The Villages, our living-learning
communities, the university is embarking upon an improved on-
campus life for residential students.
About Millersville University
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Millersville University provides diverse, dynamic, meaningful
experiences to inspire learners to grow both intellectually and
personally to enable them to contribute positively to local and
We will transform each learners unique potential into the
capacity for successful engagement in career and
Goal A. Engage learners to contribute positively to contemporary and future workplaces and communities.
Millersville University will provide a supportive and innovative
learning environment to prepare individuals (students, faculty,
staff, alumni and community members) to navigate their
professional and personal growth with curiosity, confidence
and compassion. We will accomplish this goal by embracing
diversity of thought and ideas, encouraging artistic and creative
expression, expanding use of current and emerging technologies
and promoting outreach that engages the community. Prioritized
strategies within this goal include:
Create a learner-focused environment that contributes to
Develop a faculty and staff that distinguish themselves as
creative, innovative and learner-focused leaders.
Identify student interests and workforce needs and prepare
students to become career-ready across and within disciplines,
including preparation for post-graduate education.
Lead in the development and adoption of experiential and
innovative strategies that enhance student learning.
Nurture relationships between faculty, staff and students with
individuals and partners in our community.
Goal B. Ensure long-term success of the University.
Millersville University will enhance its capacity to serve the
public good as we build upon our reputation of academic
excellence and expand our sustainability practices. We will
accomplish this goal by managing our growth thoughtfully,
practicing fiscal responsibility, promoting environmental and civic
responsibility and seeking new markets and audiences to secure
our long-term financial stability. Prioritized strategies within this
Develop and execute a strategic enrollment management
plan that identifies strategies to enhance markets for out-of-
state and out-of-country recruitments and additional markets
such as transfer students and program completers with the
goal to systematically grow the University headcount to 9,000
by fall 2020.
Enhance existing and develop new revenue streams
including possible new tuition models, fee structures and
Increase and enhance fundraising and friend-raising efforts to
support the Universitys prioritized needs.
Promote Millersville as a destination university by focusing
on rebranding and marketing efforts that promote our quality
experiences and excellence of programs to attract new markets
and grow current markets within Pennsylvania.
Through the new academic program master plan, invest in
the development of new, innovative academic programs or
the revision of existing programs to meet emerging
Position Millersville to become a recognized leader in civic
responsibility, global initiatives and sustainability including
Goal C. Embrace agility within our culture of excellence.
Millersville University will be adaptive, versatile and flexible
as we seek to achieve goals to enhance our learner-focused
environment and ensure our long-term success. We will
accomplish this goal by fostering agility in all of our individual
and collective practices, processes and structures where the
community embraces creativity and innovation, supports risks
and practices resiliency. Prioritized strategies within this
Establish new ways of doing business, reorganize structures,
update technology, reconsider facility use, and review budgets
Change our institutional culture to one where we anticipate
internal and external change to meet the needs of current and
The descriptions of our core values serve as guiding principles
to help us fulfill our mission, achieve our vision and attain our
goals. Individuals or units within the University community may
enhance or clarify these descriptions.
EXPLORATION Millersville University embraces a culture
of exploration, creating a dynamic learning environment that
fosters intellectual curiosity, creative intelligence, innovation,
forward-thinking ideas and exciting discoveries. Exploration
serves as an intentional way to strengthen University culture.
We place a high value on student-faculty research, scholarship
and collaborative projects.
PROFESSIONALISM: Millersville University is founded on
a tradition of academic excellence, expert knowledge and
professional collegiality. Our diverse community of learners
is comprised of skilled and dedicated educators and staff
who model maturity of thought and practice while exhibiting
mutual respect. The University provides opportunities for
professional development and growth, especially for our
students, using academic enhancement and collaborative
programs to emphasize the importance of critical thinking,
active listening, self-discovery, collaborative leadership, and
responsibility. Such professionalism fosters career readiness
and preparation for lives of service and success in the