Alumni couple establishes BU’s first endowed professorship

For immediate release: Feb. 20, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — A gift of $1.9 million from Edward and Julianne (Miller) Breiner, who graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1977, establishes the university’s first endowed professorship in support of an exceptional teacher, mentor and leader.

The couple looked to the needs of BU when determining the focus of their most recent gift and established the professorship within the Department of Nursing, specifically in support of BU's Doctor of Nursing Practice. The Breiner Professorship of Nursing will create a new senior faculty position, with additional funding to be used for research, conferences, travel, software and equipment or other professional expenses.

“We talked with university officials about ways our gift could make BU a stronger university,” said Julie Breiner. “With the health profession, there is a potential to make a huge impact as far as healing and caring. Nursing really resonated with us.”

“For Bloomsburg University, there is no stronger endorsement of our mission and the lifelong impact we have on our students than the support of our alumni,” said BU President David Soltz. “The Breiner Professorship of Nursing will enable us to bring in a scholarly senior faculty member who will lead our new Doctor of Nursing Practice, grow the program through research, teaching and innovation and mentor the next generation of nursing professionals.”

Impact is the reason the Breiners endowed the position. Ed Breiner has no difficulty naming faculty who challenged and motivated him during his BU student experience, including art professor Robert Koslosky, who, he said, “is at the top of that list.”

For Julie Breiner, it was another discipline. “I was challenged through all of my science courses and, because of that, I felt very well prepared for my internship,” she said.

The Breiners believe support for public and state-related universities is vital for ensuring students have outstanding educational opportunities and dedicated faculty.

“Higher education, like any other endeavor, is competitive,” added Ed. “If the school can attract and retain high-quality faculty, it can compete.”

Long-time supporters of Bloomsburg University, the Breiners made a gift of $520,000 two years ago to provide four scholarships, equally benefiting BU’s College of Science and Technology and College of Business. Ed Breiner is retired president and CEO of Schramm Inc., a West Chester-based manufacturer of mobile rotary drill rigs, including two that were used in the August 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean minors. The couple has three adult children, Tyler, Andrew and Martha.

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.