Clarion president hopeful universities merger reduces tuition by 25%

By: | November 19, 2020

The university leader tasked with overseeing the merger plan for California, Clarion and Edinboro says she is confident her group can reduce students’ costs at the state-owned universities by 25%. Experts say the cost reduction will be a heavy lift as colleges and universities across the nation face a new year fraught with fiscal peril.

In addition to leading 17 teams assembling a plan to fully integrate the three state-owned universities but keep each campus open, Clarion University President Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson is taking on yet another task.

The board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) appointed Pehrsson interim president of Edinboro. She will replace outgoing President Guiyou Huang, who announced he is resigning to assume a college presidency in Illinois.

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