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The Dixon University Center, located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is the location of the Office of the Chancellor and the central headquarters for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). In addition to administrative offices, the Dixon University Center also has classroom space, conference facilities and a meeting room for PASSHE's Board of Governors. The PASSHE's total student enrollment as of 2007 was 110,428[1], making it one of the largest university systems in the United States.



Dixon University Center was once the home of the Harrisburg Academy, whose leaders built the five historic structures on the grounds today. The Academy maintained the location until 1941, when the War Department took over the facility. Since 1956, the Center has functioned in various configurations as an educational consortium. In 1987, the Center's Board of Directors, a community corporation, invited the State System of Higher Education—the 14 publicly owned universities—to lead the University Center at Harrisburg consortium and insure continuation of its higher education mission. PASSHE began operating the six-and-one-half-acre site under a lease/purchase agreement in 1988, and purchased the site in 1991. In 1993, the PASSHE Board of Governors acknowledged the leadership and generosity of its founding chairman, Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr., by renaming the Center in his honor.

PASSHE's acquisition of the early-twentieth-century facility demonstrates a commitment to bring educational programs and opportunities to the Harrisburg area that the 14 universities have provided throughout the Commonwealth for over 150 years. Under PASSHE's stewardship, the five original structures were renovated and an Administration Building constructed to make the facility adequate for classroom instruction and business purposes.


Dixon University Center is foremost an academic and governance center, providing area residents the advantages of a public university. Five undergraduate and 12 graduate degree programs are offered on-site by a consortium of System universities and affiliate members Elizabethtown College, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Saint Francis University for adult students, in the evenings and on weekends. The Center also is a cultural resource, a testing ground for new technology, and a community gathering place.


Undergraduate Programs

These programs are offered at Dixon University Center by way of Elizabethtown College.

  • Accounting
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business Administration
  • Corporate Communications: Public Relations/Marketing
  • Computer Science/Information Systems

Graduate Programs

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

  • Library Science (M.S.)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.)

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Administration and Leadership Studies (Ph.D.)

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Saint Francis University

  • Human Resource Management (MHRM.)

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

  • Information Systems (MSIS.)
  • Organizational Development and Leadership (MS.)
  • Biology (MS.)
  • Business Administration (MBA.)
  • School Counseling Cohort (M.Ed.)
  • Public Administration (MPA)

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

  • Communicative Disorders (MA.)


  1. ^ PASSHE Fact Sheet, available at, retrieved 16 Dec 2007.

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Coordinates: 40°17′42″N 76°54′16″W / 40.2949°N 76.9044°W / 40.2949; -76.9044


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