MSCHE Extends Commissioner Terms

As part of its ongoing effort to assess the changing demands of accreditation and evaluate its functioning, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) revised its Bylaws, approved at the June 2022 Commission meeting, to extend commissioner terms from 3 years to 5 years. The Commission now offers two renewable 5-year terms for Commissioners.

To support the transition to longer terms, the Commission also approved extended or modified terms for 24 current Commissioners, staggering the terms to ensure stability for the Commission’s future. The revision will maintain the institutional knowledge of the Commission and ensure Commissioners represent the diversity of member institutions.

“This work is reflective of the Commission’s focus on its strategic priorities, in particular the priority that speaks to the future of the Commission,” stated Commission Chair Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour. “Mapping out revised and longer terms will minimize annual vacancies, provide sufficient time to plan for future vacancies, offer greater stability, and continue to balance perspectives from the diverse group of amazing professionals who make decisions that strengthen higher education across our membership and for our students.”

While federal regulation (34 C.F.R. §602.14(b)) requires that one seventh of the Commission serve as public representatives, the Commission has strategically recruited individuals in this capacity who offer unique perspectives and contributions into the decision-making process. The public representatives range from business leaders to attorneys and certified public accountants to leaders of non-profit organizations. The revised terms will also better stagger public representative vacancies while continuing to allow the Commission to identify public representatives who may have an interest in supporting the important work of accreditation.

“As a new Commissioner, I take seriously my role as a public representative who brings a slightly different perspective to this work, all to benefit the collective decisions that best serve member institutions and their students,” said Commissioner and Public Representative Dr. Christopher Leonard Kenny, Esq., “While relatively new to this work, the dedication, time, and effort put forth by Commissioners has been immensely impressive.”