Cal U names interim president

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 8:24 p.m.

State education officials named an interim president to California University of Pennsylvania and ratified contracts for faculty and coaches at all 14 state universities in a special meeting on Wednesday.

Geraldine Jones, the acting president at California University of Pennsylvania, was officially named interim president by the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education during a meeting in Harrisburg. Jones has been serving as the acting president on the Washington County campus since May 2012, when former President Angelo Armenti Jr. was fired.The appointment occurs after a recommendation from the university Council of Trustees to name Jones as interim president.

“I am honored and humbled by this vote of confidence,” Jones said in a statement. “I am confident that a bright future lies ahead for this institution, and with the help of our faculty, students and staff, I will make every effort to keep Cal U moving forward.”

A formal search for a permanent president at the university has not been announced. The board ratified a pair of new collective bargaining agreements with the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, which represents faculty and athletic coaches at all 14 state universities.The state-owned universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester. The agreements, which run through June 30, 2015, include salary increases, as well as changes in the state system of higher education health care plan, according to a news release from the state system.Eligible faculty and coaches will be given a one-time opportunity to participate in a retirement incentive program similar to that offered to other state system employee groups in 2010.Faculty pay increases would be 1 percent each in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and 2 percent in 2014-15. Faculty also will receive either annual service increments of 2.5 percent or 5 percent each of the three years as they move up the salary schedule or annual cash payments equivalent to the 2.5 percent of their base salary if they are at the top of the pay scale.

Faculty will have higher co-payments for prescription drugs, as well as for some office and emergency room visits.Finally, the agreement includes $400,000 a year for professional development for faculty at all schools to attend program and activities related to innovation in teaching and improvement of student learning outcomes. Coaches will receive salary increases of 2.5 percent in 2012-13 and 2.25 percent in 2013-14, as well as performance-based merit pools of 3 percent each in 2013-14 and 2014-15. They do not receive annual service increments. Coaches will make larger contributions to the cost of their health care premiums, according to the state system.

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6220 or

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