National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

Ken Mortimer

Ken joined NCHEMS as a Senior Consultant on July 1, 2002 and has been on the NCHEMS Board since 1980. He served as President of two universities—Western Washington University from 1988 to 1993 and University of Hawai‘i from 1993 to 2001, where he also served as Chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He was Vice President and Vice Provost of Penn State from 1984 to 1988.

At NCHEMS Ken works with institutions and state agencies on a variety of policy issues including academic governance and policy; managing academic, faculty and student resources; and leadership and change.

Ken has had a distinguished career as a scholar, faculty member and administrator. He was a faculty member in higher education and public administration at Penn State from 1969 to 1988 and directed the Penn State Center for the Study of Higher Education from 1976 to 1981. He has written six books or monographs, including Sharing Authority Effectively, (1986, with T. R. McConnell) and The Art and Politics of Academic Governance (2007, with Colleen Sathre). He has also published dozens of articles and book chapters on governance and policy issues. In the 1970s his work concentrated on academic governance and the evolution of faculty unionization at the state and institutional levels.

In the 1980s he published extensively on strategies for the management of “Reductions, Reallocations and Retrenchments.” His research was funded by a variety of foundations including the Lilly Endowment, the Carnegie Corporation and the National Science Foundation.

Ken has chaired numerous boards and national commissions including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), The Study Group on the Condition of Excellence, which wrote Involvement in Learning, and The Joint Committee on Accountability Reporting for NASULGC, AASCU and AACC.

He also has chaired accreditation teams and served as a member of numerous other boards and commissions.

Ken has received many honors including the ASHE Leadership Award (1990) and the Association for Institutional Research Distinguished Member Award (1987). He holds honorary doctorates from two institutions including the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, the only non-Japanese so honored.

He holds an A.B. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. in International Business from Penn’s Wharton School, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of California at Berkeley. He currently serves as a Director of Puget Energy.

Senior Consultant
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