Shippensburg University President Charles E. Patterson was named to City & State Pennsylvania’s 2023 Higher Education Power 100 list.

The leaders profiles on this list were selected for helping their institutions not just “survive but thrive,” through innovation, experience and perseverance.

Last year, Patterson’s interim presidency was made permanent at Shippensburg University, where he arrived in 2021 after having been president at Mansfield University and a federal student aid executive with the U.S. Department of Education. Working closely with the Shippensburg University Foundation, Patterson has boosted fundraising by 113 percent, including a major initiative that renamed the Milton and Doreen Morgan School of Engineering. Patterson also led a credentialing program aimed at enhancing workforce development and celebrated increases in enrollment, retention and graduation rates.