For Immediate Release: July 19, 2016
BLOOMSBURG — The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education announced a contract extension for Bloomsburg University President David L. Soltz, during its quarterly meeting on July 14. The board approved the extension through June 30, 2019.
Soltz became BU’s 18th president in January 2008. This is the eighth contract extension since his arrival. Soltz currently is the longest-serving president in the State System.
Since his inauguration, Soltz has led BU through a successful strategic plan. He has overseen the establishment of numerous academic programs and initiatives, including the creation of MyCore, BU’s new general education program, Center for Supply Chain Management, BU’s Institute for Concussion Research and Services, Professional U initiative, Zeigler Institute of Professional Development, McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Center for Leadership and Engagement, Center for Healthy Aging and Center for Earth and Environmental Studies. Additionally, he established the university’s first official presence in downtown Bloomsburg with the creation of the Greenly Center.
Under his leadership, Bloomsburg is nearing the successful completion of the first major fundraising campaign: It’s Personal: The Campaign for Bloomsburg University. Launched in October 2015, the campaign set an initial goal of $50 million. More than $46 million has been raised to date.
Soltz provided leadership in developing the Campus Facilities Master Plan that was approved in 2013. He has overseen additions and renovations to buildings including Haas Center for the Arts, Bakeless Center, Hartline Science Center, Nelson Field House, Sutliff Hall and Columbia and Elwell residence halls, as well as a number of projects to reduce energy consumption. A second new residence hall complex is now under construction.
He is actively engaged in service and leadership in higher education as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and vice-chair of the AASCU Policies and Purposes Committee. He serves frequently as the leader of an accreditation site visit team for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Soltz also serves as Chair of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
Active in the local community and the region, Soltz serves on the Geisinger Health System Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors of DRIVE, a new regional economic development non-governmental organization.
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.