Kenneth M. Jarin, who leads Ballard Spahr’s Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Contracting Group, was named Chairman Emeritus of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) by its board of governors today.

Mr. Jarin, who represents employers in labor relations matters and who currently serves as chief labor negotiator for the City of Philadelphia, was appointed to PASSHE’s board of governors in April 2005 by former Governor Edward G. Rendell. He was elected board chairman two months later and was re-elected to five additional one-year terms.

Emeritus status is granted to those who, while on the board, displayed “an exemplary record of service through demonstrated commitments of time, talent, and resources” and “documented leadership in advancing the mission of PASSHE.”

“It has been my privilege to have served PASSHE, an organization that works every day to help students in the Commonwealth meet and exceed their goals for the future,” said Mr. Jarin. “I am proud of our record high enrollment levels of nearly 120,000 students each year and the fact that we have had the lowest tuition increases of any state university system in the country. A high quality education isn’t out of reach for students in Pennsylvania.”

PASSHE is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. The 14 PASSHE universities offer degree and certificate programs in more than 120 area of study. There are roughly half a million PASSHE alumni living and working in Pennsylvania.

During Mr. Jarin’s tenure as chair, the board hired five university presidents. PASSHE also became one of the first public university systems in the nation to participate in the Voluntary System of Accountability, a program designed to increase transparency and drive student advancement.

“Ken Jarin contributed enormously to the success of PASSHE and our universities,” said Board Chairman Guido M. Pichini. “He is a true leader who always puts the best interests of the students first.”

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