BU Trustees narrow presidential field to three

For immediate release: Oct. 10, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees selected three presidential candidates whose names will be forwarded to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors and the chancellor. The candidates are Susan Coultrap-McQuin, John Folkins and David Soltz.

The Trustees made their unranked selection during a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 10. The process continues Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 12 and 13, when PASSHE’s Board of Governors and Chancellor Judy Hample will interview the candidates in Harrisburg. Bloomsburg University’s next president will be named during a special PASSHE Board of Governors meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13.
From a field of more than 100 applicants, Coultrap-McQuin, Folkins, Soltz and two other candidates were invited to visit BU’s campus earlier this fall for two-day interviews with various constituent groups.

  • Susan Coultrap-McQuin has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Oswego since 2004. Before coming to Oswego, she was program director, department chair, institute director, associate dean, study abroad director and dean. In addition to SUNY Oswego, her career has included positions at Minnesota State University, Mankato; the University of Minnesota, Duluth; Michigan State; and the University of Maryland in Germany. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and French from Iowa State University and a doctorate in American studies from the University of Iowa. Coultrap-McQuin is married with two grown children.
  • John Folkins, chief executive officer of the Bowling Green State University Research Institute since January, was Bowling Green’s provost and vice president for academic affairs for nearly seven years. He spent 23 years at the University of Iowa as assistant professor, chair of the department of speech pathology and audiology and associate provost. A California native, Folkins earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech from the University of Redlands and completed his doctoral degree in speech and hearing sciences at the University of Washington. He and his wife have two grown children.
  • David Soltz has been provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Central Washington University since 2001. Previously, he served as dean of natural and social sciences at California State University at Los Angeles, chair of biological sciences at California State University, Long Beach, and chair of the board of governors of the California Desert Studies Consortium. Soltz received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, and doctoral degree in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He and his wife have three young adult children and one grandchild.
  • Current BU President Jessica S. Kozloff will retire in December after a tenure of more than 13 years. The new leader is expected to assume his or her presidency in January 2008.

    Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.