Mission Statement

The Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities serves the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by promoting higher education. To enrich the well-being of the people of Pennsylvania, the association fosters dialogue among the institutions of higher learning, collects and disseminates information about higher education, enhances the understanding and image of higher education and when practicable advances collective positions relating to higher education.


Establishing a unity of spirit and cooperation among the various institutions and sectors while nurturing the appropriate diversity that is one of the glories of higher education in Pennsylvania is rightly a part of the PACU mission. PACU is a voluntary member organization; it seeks those mutual interests and commonalities among constituent sectors and variety of institutions that can be developed for the benefit of higher education and the people of Pennsylvania.

Board of Directors

Our History

Staff Contacts

PACU Officers and Board of Directors

July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019



Peter Teague

Lancaster Bible College


Vice Chair/Secretary-Treasurer

John J. "Ski" Sygielski

Harrisburg Area Community College




Elizabeth Bolden, President & CEO

Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges


Jennifer Hoover, Director of Government Relations

State System of Higher Education


Charles McLaughlin, Director of Commonwealth Relations

University of Pittsburgh


Tom Foley, President

Association of Independent Colleges

and Universities of Pennsylvania


Founded in 1896, the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU) is the nation's oldest state-based organization devoted to higher education. PACU is a voluntary association of 85 institutions drawn from all sectors of the Pennsylvania higher education community. All member institutions are chartered by the Commonwealth and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools or by other national accrediting agencies. Each member institution may also belong to one of four sector-specific organizations:


  • The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP);
  • The Commission for Commonwealth Universities
  • The Commission for the Universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and
  • The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC).


Now in its second century of service, the Association continues to support its members as they provide access and choice to all those seeking educational opportunities of the highest quality.

PACU Staff Contacts:

Susanne Walker, Administrative Officer


Geoffrey Isley, Web master

Our 2014-2015 Membership Directory
is now available
here as a PDF download. (5mb)

Upcoming Conference Calls* 2/19/15 at 1:00 p.m.* 5/12/15 at 10:00 a.m.


Suite 15 No. 214, 950 Walnut Bottom Rd, Carlisle, PA 17015

Toll-Free Phone: 1-800-687-9010  |  Fax: 717.240.0673