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Provost & VP for Academic Affairs


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Provost & VP for Academic Affairs

Philips Memorial Hall
Room 103
700 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3405

Dr. R. Lorraine Bernotsky
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Jennifer Loeper
Executive Associate to the Provost

Dr. R. Lorraine (Laurie) Bernotsky
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Interim

Dr. R. Lorraine (Laurie) Bernotsky is Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The Academic Affairs Division is comprised of five colleges offering over 100 academic degree programs and houses the Office of Institutional Research, the Center for International programs, the offices of undergraduate admissions, enrollment management, financial aid, graduate studies, and undergraduate student support services. Roughly 850 faculty serve more than 16,000 students, 2,300 of whom are graduate students. Read more about Dr. Bernotsky.

Vision Statement

West Chester University's Division of Academic Affairs offers outstanding curricula and a variety of educational and cultural resources for students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. Our strengths are evidenced by a general education program grounded firmly in the liberal arts and sciences tradition and by excellent teacher-preparation programs. Above all, WCU is committed to providing a rich learning environment for all students.

As a university owned by the citizens of Pennsylvania, we value our mission to provide the best educational opportunities possible which will enable our students to successfully address the concerns of a global society. To meet these objectives we provide:

  • Responsive Advising for Students,
  • Developmental Student Programming, and
  • Instruction that emphasizes critical thinking, knowledge of and respect for diversity, and effective communication.

We are committed to excellence in serving our students and helping them to excel in their academic endeavors while valuing the contributions that they bring to the University community.