Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester University is a comprehensive public institution, offering more than 116 undergraudate and 86 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of studies. Guided by a vision statement that places WCU as central to the economic, cultural and social vitality of the region, the University's programs are responsive both to its students and to regional needs. Faculty and Staff of the University operate in six different divisions:
West Chester University is a part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), which is comprised of 14 universities. The central administration of PASSHE, including the Office of the Chancellor, is located at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. Appointed by the Board of Governors, the Chancellor is responsible to the Board for overall administration of the State System. Please view the WCU Organizational Structure for more information.