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James Harold McCormick, American academic administrator.


McCormick, James Harold was born on November 11, 1938 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Harold Clark and Mary Blanche (Truby) McCormick.


Bachelor of Science, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1959. Master of Education, University Pittsburgh, 1961. Doctor of Education, University Pittsburgh, 1963.

Postdoctoral, University Pittsburgh, 1966. Postdoctoral, Columbia University. Postdoctoral, University Michigan, 1967.

Postdoctoral, Harvard University, 1982.


Teacher Punxsutawney Area Joint School District, Pennsylvania, 1959-1961. Administrator Baldwin-Whitehall Schools, Pittsburgh, 1961-1964. Graduate assistant University Pittsburgh, 1962-1963.

Assistant superintendent instruction Washington City Schools, Pennsylvania, 1964-1965. Professor department education and psychology, assistant dean academy affairs, acting dean academy affairs, acting dean teacher education, assistant to president, vice president administration and finance Shippensburg University, 1965-1973. President Bloomsburg University, 1973-1983, president emeritus, since 1983.

Founding chancellor Pennsylvania State Systems Higher Education, Harrisburg, 1983—2001, Pennsylvania chancellor emeritus, 2009. Chancellor Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, since 2001. Falk intern in politics, 1959.

Member advisory board Pennsylvania Educational Policy Seminar. Member Governor's Economic Development Partnership Board. Member higher education advisory council Pennsylvania State Board Education.

Past commissioner Education Commission of the States. Past chairman Midwestern Higher Education Compact. Board member Great North Alliance, Minnesota Job Skills Partnership.

Founder, member Minnesota P-16 Education Partnership. Active Governors Education Council. Member postsecondary education and workforce development advisory committee Education Communications States.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles professional journals.


Member American Association State Colleges and Universities (Pennsylvania state representative 1988-1993, former chairman academy and student personnel committee, member committee on state relations and task force on educational equity, chairman policies and purposes committee, member International Education), American Council on Education (commission on women in higher education), National Association Systems Heads, (executive committee, past president), Commission State Colleges and Universities (member and past chairman government relations and student relations committees), Association Governing Boards (council president, 2008, advisory council), American Association for Affirmative Action, American Association Higher Education, American Association School Administrators, American Association University Administrators (Tosney Leadership award 1993), Pennsylvania Association Colleges and Universities (board directors, chair 1982), National Center for the Study of Sport in Society, Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, State Higher Education Executive Ofcrs. (executive committee, chair Federal Relations Committee), Personnel Association, Bloomsburg Area Chamber of Commerce (president 1983), Harrisburg Rotary (board directors to 1992), St. Paul Rotary (board director to 2007), Phi Delta Kappa.


Married Maryan Kough Garner, June 7, 1963. Children: David Harold, Douglas Paul.

Harold Clark McCormick

Mary Blanche (Truby) McCormick

Maryan Kough Garner

David Harold McCormick

Douglas Paul McCormick