(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board plans to select a new chancellor to oversee its 14 taxpayer-supported universities.
The board's special Wednesday meeting caps an seven-month process to replace the departed John Cavanaugh.
Peter Garland, who was the system's executive vice chancellor, is the acting chancellor.
The job is the highest-paid in Pennsylvania state government, running the nation's 13th-largest public university system with about 115,000 students.
Board members adopted a policy for the first time in the system's 31-year history to keep the identities of the three finalists a secret, although Gov. Corbett's higher education adviser, Ronald Tomalis, is apparently a finalist.
A select group of others were offered the opportunity to meet with the three finalists, but systems officials are keeping their identities a secret, too.
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