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Cheslock Heads the Center for the Study of Higher Education

John Cheslock has been named director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education

John Cheslockby Joe Savrock (June 2012)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – John J. Cheslock, associate professor and senior research associate in Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), is the Center's next director. Cheslock’s three-year term began on July 1, 2012.

“I am looking forward to building on the rich history of the Center while taking advantage of new opportunities that are emerging within higher education,” stated Cheslock. “I want the Center to be a vibrant intellectual hub that enriches Penn State and the larger higher education community in numerous ways.”

Cheslock recently served Penn State as the director of the graduate certificate program in institutional research. His research focuses on how funding challenges affect public higher education institutions in a variety of areas. In recent research, he has examined how financial concerns influence institutional financial aid offerings, faculty compensation, intercollegiate athletics, and instructional productivity.

Cheslock obtained his Ph.D. in labor economics from Cornell University. From 2001 to 2009, he served on the faculty of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at The University of Arizona.

"We are very fortunate to be able to turn to Dr. John Cheslock as the next director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education," said David H. Monk, dean of the College of Education. "He is an accomplished scholar whose energy and vision will serve the Center, College, and University well. I look forward to working with him and his colleagues in the Center in the months and years to come."

Cheslock assumes the role most recently held by Robert Hendrickson, professor of higher education and senior scientist, who is retiring this year. Hendrickson had been serving as CSHE’s interim director since the departure of former director Donald Heller. Heller left in 2011 to become dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University.

CSHE is one of the nation’s first research centers established specifically to study postsecondary education policy issues. For more than 30 years, research teams composed of nationally recognized faculty, top graduate students, and effective professional staff have been devoted to examining the critical issues that influence the policies and practices of postsecondary institutions.