BU names director of external relations

For Immediate Release:  Nov. 9, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — An area resident with experience in local government has been named director of external and government relations at Bloomsburg University.

Dan Knorr, currently the Borough of Danville’s administrator of government affairs, served as mayor of the Town of Bloomsburg from 2008 to 2013 after two years as a member of Bloomsburg’s Town Council. The 2007 BU graduate will assume his new position at BU on Nov. 30.

“We are delighted to have Dan join us at a time when our university faces challenges and opportunities on the local, state and federal level,” said BU President David Soltz. “His experiences in government and as a Bloomsburg University student and alumnus combine to give him a unique perspective on issues that may affect public higher education today and in the future.”

As director of external and government relations, Knorr will serve as an advocate for the university and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. He will monitor legislation and public policy, seek out opportunities for state and federal funding and economic development, and build relationships with higher education organizations, local governments and other entities.

“As a BU graduate, I strongly support our university and the educational opportunities it and other State System institutions provide for the citizens of Pennsylvania,” Knorr said. “I’m looking forward to my new position with the university and excited to be part of the team in this new role.”

Now enrolled in BU’s MBA program, Knorr serves on the board of directors of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce and Danville Business Alliance. At BU, he is filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Jim Hollister earlier this year.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.