BU President Announces Retirement

For Immediate Release

Date:  June 7, 2006


BLOOMBSURG – One of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s longest-serving presidents will be stepping down. Jessica S. Kozloff announced at the end of the university’s Council of Trustees quarterly meeting on Wednesday, June 7, that she will retire from her post at the end of December 2007. At the time of her retirement, she will have served as BU’s president for more than 13 years. Only former BU president Harvey A. Andruss has held the post longer than Kozloff, with 30 years. 


Kozloff’s years at the university have been marked by enrollment growth, a new library and many building renovations. Two major milestones are accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and establishment of the university’s first doctoral program in audiology. Along with many community activities, she has been active nationally, serving on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II President’s Commission and the board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and as chair of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


“There are no words to describe my gratitude for the privilege of serving this wonderful university,” Kozloff said. “Every day I have felt both honored and humbled to be the 18th president of Bloomsburg University.”


The next president will be lucky, she added, praising the campus faculty and staff for their commitment to excellence. “The future is bright indeed, especially with the institutional renewal and energy that always accompanies a new president.” 


According to A. William Kelly, who recently completed his second term as chair of the Council of Trustees, the next 18 months leading to Kozloff’s retirement will be busy as a search is conducted for BU’s 19th president.


“All of us privileged to be associated with Bloomsburg University and Jessica Kozloff will be challenged by the task ahead. But the Trustees are grateful to our president for giving us the time we need to perform a comprehensive national search for the university’s next leader. We are absolutely committed to a process that is both thorough and open to everyone’s input.


“During the next year and a half, Dr. Kozloff will see the completion of many projects begun during her tenure, leaving the university poised to serve students today and well into the future. In a time when university presidents’ terms average just six years, we have certainly been fortunate to have her vision and leadership for more than twice that long.”


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.