For Immediate Release
October 31, 2005
BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg native Charles C. “Nick” Housenick is the newest member of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees. A member of BU’s Class of 1960, he fills the unexpired term of Richard Beierschmitt, who resigned earlier this year.
Housenick, a councilman with the Town of Bloomsburg for the past 12 years, has a long history of community service. He chaired the town’s parking and municipal authorities and is a past director of the Bloomsburg Rotary Club, Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce and Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth. His memberships include the Bloomsburg chapter of the Elks, the Eagles Mere Country Club and the Bloomsburg Fair Association.
Professionally, he’s had two distinct careers: as president and general manager of the former Housenick Motor Co. and as an account executive with the financial planning firms of E.F. Hutton and Co., Williamsport, and, since 1989, with Oppenheimer and Co., Bloomsburg.
Along with Housenick’s appointment, two current members were reappointed to BU’s Council of Trustees—Dr. Joseph J. Mowad of Danville and Robert J. Gibble of Sinking Spring.
Mowad, a former BU Council of Trustees chair, was first appointed to the Trustees in November 1994. Senior vice president of the Geisinger Foundation and director of Geisinger’s department of urology, he came to Geisinger Medical Center in 1968 as an associate in the urology department. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and medical degree from Creighton Medical School in Omaha, Neb., and completed his urological and surgical residency at the University of Maryland. Mowad is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology and is actively involved in a number of professional associations, including the American Urological Association, the American College of Surgeons and the Society of University Urologists. He chairs the Governor’s Renal Disease Advisory Committee.
Currently vice chair, Gibble has served on the Council of Trustees for the past six years. Chairman and managing partner of Beard Miller Company LLP, certified public accountants and consultants in Reading, he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from BU in 1968. He was elected to the BU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and received the university's Distinguished Service Award in 2000. Gibble is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the board of directors of the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, the BU College of Business Advisory Board and the Manufacturers Association of Berks County CEO Roundtable. He also serves as treasurer and director of the Fund for the Advancement of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and is a director of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.
Each of the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is governed by a Council of Trustees whose members are recommended by the governor and approved by the state Senate. BU’s Council of Trustees, made up of community leaders, business professionals, BU graduates and a student representative, reviews and approves policies and procedures; fees, including room and board; and contracts and purchases. They make recommendations to the chancellor regarding the president’s appointment and retention, approve schools and academic programs and conduct an annual physical inspection of facilities.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.