Monday, June 17, 2024
The State College & University Professional Association (SCUPA)

The State College and University Professional Association (SCUPA)
 represents professionals who are the Assistant and Associate Directors
of Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Activities, Residence Life, Judicial, Registrars, 
Tutorial and Academic Assistance Services, Career Services, Alumni Relations, 
grant-funded programs, and others working in student development
across all 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

2022-2024 SCUPA Officers

President: Frances Cortez Funk - Kutztown University 
Vice President: Dr. Todd Spaulding - PennWest University - Clarion University
Secretary: Joe Miller - Slippery Rock University 
Treasurer: Dr. Bill Zimmerman - Indiana University Of PA
Membership Chair: John Gradel - Commonwealth University - Lock Haven

2023 - 2025 Members-At-Large

 Rita Miller (MU), Erin Fritz (IUP), Gretchen Osterman (Commonwealth - BU), Nicole Books (Commonwealth MU)

News & Other info
2023-2027 Contract Posted - Wednesday, February 28, 2024

2023-2027 Contract Posted

Shapiro Administration Blue Print for Higher Education - Wednesday, February 28, 2024
President's Corner

PASSHE Board of Governors Approves Four-Year Contract with SCUPA

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher

Education has ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with the State College

and University Professional Association (SCUPA).

SCUPA represents about 700 professional employees at the 10 State System universities. They

provide a variety of student services, working in admissions, financial aid, residence life and

career services and in the registrars’ offices.

Under the terms of the new agreement, SCUPA-represented employees will receive general pay

increases and longevity increments that represent a 19% wage increase over the four years. In

addition, the new agreement includes revisions that will provide clarity and consistency around

existing language and practices as well as efficiency in processes such as payroll and hiring.

PASSHE has also reached an agreement in principle with the Association of Pennsylvania State

College and University Faculties (APSCUF) and an agreement in principle with the Office and

Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), which represents 76 registered nurses

and registered nurse practitioners at State System universities.


Constitution and By-Laws

SCUPA Constitution-BYLAWS.pdf


are full dues-paying employees. Members have full voting rights and are eligible to hold elected office at the campus and/or state level. Members receive PSEA and NEA benefits and discounts, and access to the secure section of the SCUPA website. Members are eligible to participate in your campus listserv.

receive representation from PSEA and a copy of the contract. They are not eligible to vote, nor hold office at any level. Non-members do not receive PSEA nor NEA benefits and discounts and are allowed only public access to the SCUPA website. Non-members are NOT eligible to participate in your campus listserv.

How to Become a SCUPA Member
Each Campus President (or your campus’s Membership Chairperson) meets with all newly-hired SUA employees to discuss what SCUPA/PSEA/NEA does and the importance and benefits of membership.  The Campus President or Membership Chair assists the new employee in completing their membership enrollment forms. 

 1) Contact John Gradel or your Campus President -

2)  Complete a PSEA New Member Enrollment Form

 3) Complete the Dues Deduction Authorization Form


Marc Kornfield Hall of Fame
On November 11, 2020, SCUPA State Leadership hosted the first Marc Kornfeld Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  The award is named in honor of Marc Kornfield who served as SCUPA's PSEA Univserv representative from 1983 to 2012.  Marc was integral to the development of the bargaining unit, having helped to establish the unit.  He was a mentor and friend to many in the SCUPA bargaining unit.  The inaugural class of the Marc Kornfield Hall of Fame included:

  • Frank DeStefano, Indiana University 
  • Rick Dulaney, California University
  • Max McGee, Lock Haven University 
  • Jim Watta, Indiana University
  • Larry Watts, Mansfield University
These individuals were nominated for their tireless work in supporting the SCUPA bargaining unit in leadership roles on their campuses and at the state level.

Congratulations to these outstanding individuals!
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