BU welcomes new Trustees

For Immediate Release: Dec. 1, 2016  

BLOOMSBURG — Two alumni will serve as newly selected members of the Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees. Edward G. Edwards, ’73, and Dr. Brian O’Donnell, ’87, were nominated and appointed by Governor Tom Wolf and approved by the Pennsylvania Senate on Oct. 25.

“We are honored to have Mr. Edwards and Dr. O’Donnell join the Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees at this important time in the university’s history,” said Council Chairman Patrick Wilson. “Both men bring unique professional backgrounds and are committed to advancing the university’s mission to prepare students for personal and professional success in an increasingly complex global environment.”

Ed Edwards served as the president and CEO of Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth for 31 years. During much of that time he also served as an administrator of the Columbia County Industrial Development Authority. Edwards was instrumental in the recruitment of new businesses and assisted in the expansion of pre-existing industries in Columbia County. He secured more than $3 million in funding to create the Columbia County Business Park and obtained over $4 million in state and federal funding to create the Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center in 2005.

Edwards served as chairman of the Industrial Modernization Center, which serves seven counties in Central Pennsylvania, and was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Council. A past chairman of the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals, Edwards was one of the founders of the Chamber’s leadership development program, Leadership Central Penn, serving Columbia and Montour counties. Edwards graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and was honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2005.

An optometrist serving the Wilkes-Barre area, Brian O’Donnell, O.D. received his master of science degree in audiology from Bloomsburg in 1987 and a doctorate of optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia in 1992. The founder of New Era Eye Care in Shavertown, O’Donnell is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Pennsylvania Optometric Association. He serves his local community as a member of several boards and founded the Gift for Sight program, which aids underprivileged people with vision problems in three Northeastern Pennsylvania counties by having eye doctors donate a portion of their eyeglass sales.

O’Donnell has been in private practice for over two decades. He and his wife Marcy, who is also a Bloomsburg University graduate, have one son and reside in Luzerne County.

The Council of Trustees meets quarterly to review the administration, fiscal management and the physical plant of the university. Members are nominated by the governor with the approval and consent of the state senate.

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.