State System's confidential chancellor search nears end

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 4, 2013 2:48 AM

(Harrisburg) -- It used to be that the names of the finalists for the highest-paid job in Pennsylvania state government -- chancellor of the State System of Higher Education -- were made public.

Not anymore.

In the coming days, the board of the 14-university school system is expected to announce its pick for the next chancellor after keeping the names of three finalists a secret. Such secrecy is said to be an emerging trend in higher education to protect would-be candidates. In January, the state system's board met and voted unanimously to make the entire search process confidential.

One of the board members voting for that policy was Governor Corbett's then-secretary of education, Ron Tomalis. Tomalis is now apparently one of the three finalists. The last chancellor's salary was $327,500.

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