The board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has installed Aaron A. Walton as interim president of the historically Black Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. The university, which has seen declining enrollments and budgetary problems (see earlier JBHE post), has seen a drop of 53 percent in the number of students on campus from 2010 to 2016.
Walton is the former senior vice president of Highmark Inc. the large health insurance firm based in Pittsburgh. He is also a member of the council of trustees of California University of Pennsylvania. Walton is replacing Frank G. Pogue, who has served as interim president of Cheyney University since November 2014.
Walton is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in speech pathology and audiology. He holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.