WEST CHESTER (April 28) – State Senator Andy Dinniman said he was pleased to see that Chester County residents overwhelmingly support the continuing efforts to increase autonomy for West Chester University so it can better adapt to the changing workplace.

According to poll results recently released by the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, county residents by a 49-22 margin support legislation that would let West Chester University (and other eligible SSHE schools) leave the state system.

Dinniman said while he and state Sen. Robert Tomlinson are currently making great progress working with SSHE officials so that the opt-out legislation is not necessary, it’s good to see that local residents clearly understand that WCU needs more freedom to continue its success.

“We all realize West Chester University and perhaps other state universities could greatly benefit if freed from some of the burdensome regulations that come with being part of the SSHE system,” Dinniman said Friday. “Senator Tomlinson and I are making strides in our ongoing discussions with SSHE officials that will ultimately give WCU more autonomy yet remain within the SSHE system.”

In releasing the results, Chamber President Guy Ciarrocchi said the changes Dinniman and Tomlinson are seeking “will free the university from state red tape that right now prevents it from embarking on important economic development projects with regional partners.”

For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s Office at 610-692-2112.

 

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