The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s (PSSHE) Board of Governors announced Thursday that Dr. George F. “Jody” Harpster will serve as interim president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania effective May 31.
Dr. Harpster is currently the university’s executive vice president for external affairs and government relations. He also served as Shippensburg’s interim president from June 2005 to February 2007.
Current Shippensburg University President Dr. William N. Ruud will leave the position at the end of May to become the next president of the University of Northern Iowa. A national search will be conducted immediately for a permanent replacement. Dr. Harpster was named to his current position after serving for nearly 21 months as Shippensburg’s interim president. Previously, he was the university’s vice president for student affairs beginning in 1995.