Peter C. Fackler selected as Mansfield University’s interim president

The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education selected Peter C. Fackler as interim president at Mansfield University. Fackler recently completed a nearly nine-month term as interim president at Clarion University.

“Mr. Fackler provided outstanding leadership while serving as Clarion University’s interim president. We are indeed fortunate that he will be returning to the State System,” said Cynthia D. Shapira, Board of Governors chairwoman. “Strong, stable leadership is especially important to a university during a period of transition in order to keep the institution on track and moving forward.”

Fackler, a native of Unionville, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University and a master of business administration from the University of Michigan. He also studied at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management and Columbia University’s Teachers College.

He has more than 30 years’ experience in higher education. In addition to serving as Clarion’s interim president during the last academic year, he also was the university’s interim vice president for administration and finance.

“I am looking forward to beginning the work at Mansfield,” Fackler said. “Mansfield University has a proud and distinguished history of service to the northern tier of Pennsylvania, a history that we will work to extend and grow over time.” “We will commit to growing Mansfield’s student enrollment as we continue to focus the university’s efforts on assuring student success at all levels.”

Fackler will serve as interim president at Mansfield until the successful conclusion of a national search for a permanent president.

The Board of Governors hires university presidents within the State System. When temporary leadership is needed at a university, the chancellor — in consultation with the chair of the Council of Trustees — makes a recommendation to the Board of Governors, which meets to ratify the selection.

Interim presidents serve as the university’s chief executive officer, with the same responsibilities and authority as a permanent president.