BU's Kozloff to Chair Middle States Executive Committee

For Immediate Release

December 5, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—Jessica Kozloff, president of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, will serve as chair of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s executive committee, starting next month.

Kozloff, BU’s president since 1994, recently was re-elected to her third three-year term on the Middle States Commission, where she is completing her tenure as the executive committee’s vice chair. She has served on the commission since 2000.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is the regional accrediting body for Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. As a non-governmental, peer-based membership association dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and accreditation, the commission has been active in establishing standards for student learning and institutional effectiveness outcomes. The federal government requires regional accreditation for colleges and universities to receive student financial aid. The commission also is involved with national and global policy issues and conducts site visits, both nationally and internationally.

“It is always an honor to be chosen by one’s peers to lead an organization” Kozloff said. “I am eager to work with my colleagues on the executive committee as Middle States further defines, maintains and promotes educational excellence for our member institutions.”

Active in organizations on the local, national and international levels, Kozloff currently is a member of the board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, which represents more than 430 public colleges, universities and systems of higher education throughout the U.S. and its territories. She serves on the Presidents Leadership Group of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and, locally, on the Geisinger Health Plan and the Geisinger Indemnity Insurance Co. board of directors and the Geisinger Community Advisory Council.

Kozloff has been involved in educational missions to Mexico, China, Israel, Italy, Austria, Hungary and Russia. In 2004, she received an honorary doctorate from the Russian Finance Academy in Moscow.

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.