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Pichini re-elected chair of PASSHE Board of Governors

Guido PichiniJuly 11, 2012

Harrisburg, Pa. - Kutztown University graduate Guido M. Pichini '74 has been re-elected to a second term as chairman of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors. Pichini last year became the first PASSHE university alumnus to chair the Board that oversees the State System.

Pichini is president of Security Guards Inc. and its subsidiaries, WSK and Associates Consulting Group and Vigilant Security Services, all of Wyomissing. 

The 20-member Board of Governors has overall responsibility for planning and coordinating the development and operation of PASSHE, which is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth, enrolling nearly 120,000 students. The Board establishes broad fiscal, personnel and educational policies under which the 14 PASSHE universities operate.

Pichini is in his second term on the Board of Governors. He first served from June 2005 to October 2009 and was reappointed in October 2010. He also is a member and former chair of the Council of Trustees at Kutztown University and is former chair of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees (PACT), the statewide organization that comprises the trustees from all 14 PASSHE universities.

Pichini graduated from Kutztown University in 1974 with a degree in education/political science, and completed graduate studies in public administration at Kutztown. He also graduated from Wilson College with certification in the minor judiciary, attaining the highest grade in the history of Pennsylvania.

He served two terms as a councilman in the Borough of Wyomissing Hills and four terms as mayor. Earlier this year, Pichini was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to both the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board and the Governor's Advisory Commission on Post-Secondary Education.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth, with nearly 120,000 students. The 14 PASSHE universities offer degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. About 500,000 PASSHE alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

The state-owned universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania. PASSHE also operates branch campuses in Clearfield, Freeport, Oil City and Punxsutawney and several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.

Press release courtesy of PASSHE