BU Trustees name interim president

For immediate release: Nov. 28, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Provost James Mackin will serve as the institution’s interim president from Jan. 1 to 6, 2008, bridging the gap between the retirement of President Jessica Kozloff and the first day of BU’s 18th president, David Soltz.

During the Nov. 28 meeting, BU’s Council of Trustees appointed Mackin to the short-term post as required by policy of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

In other matters tied to the end of Kozloff’s 13½-year tenure, Bloomsburg Mayor Claude Renninger presented a certificate of appreciation to the outgoing president, praising her “13 years of cooperation and dedication to Bloomsburg University and the Town of Bloomsburg.”

The Trustees honored her with a resolution conveying “profound gratitude and esteem to our colleague and friend for her dedicated service to Bloomsburg University with the granting of the distinction and status of president emerita.”

Also honored with resolutions in recognition of recent accomplishments were:

  • Women’s cross country team and coach Karen Brandt for winning the 2007 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II East regional championship.
  • Field hockey team and coach Jan Hutchinson for winning the 2007 NCAA Division II field hockey championship and finishing the year with a record of 21-4.
  • Football team and coach Danny Hale for winning its 500th game with an all-time record of 501-421-32.
  • Junior field hockey player Jamie Vanartsdalen, who became the all-time leading scorer in the history of BU and the PSAC with 196 points and set a new BU, PSAC and NCAA Division II single-season scoring record with 89 points.
  • Senior running back Jamar Brittingham, who became the all-time career rushing leader in the history of both BU and the PSAC, finishing his football career with 5,689 yards rushing and a total of 28 school and conference records.

In other business, Eric Milner, assistant vice president for administration, reported on upcoming construction projects. Bids for new upper campus housing came in at approximately $30 million, lower than the estimated $31.4 million. Construction is set to start in early spring with the housing to open in August 2009.

The bids for the Redman Stadium renovation, on the other hand, are $3.2 million, he said. The project was estimated to cost about $2.6 million. After discussing whether to reduce the scope of the project or to seek an additional $600,000 in funding, the Trustees decided to schedule a special meeting to consider options.

Also during the meeting:

  • The Trustees accepted a resolution certifying that the Bloomsburg University Foundation is in compliance with PASSHE Board of Governors policy. The BU Foundation provides external financial support to the university.
  • Andrea Caladie of the auditing firm, Parente Randolph, presented an overview of BU’s audit for fiscal year 2007. BU received an unqualified opinion on financial statements, the highest level of assurance that can be provided.
  • Provost James Mackin discussed diversity initiatives designed to help recruit and retain minority faculty and staff members. The initiatives include the Frederick Douglass Scholars Program, which brings to campus temporary faculty from underrepresented groups; recruitment opportunities and cooperative agreements with other universities and doctoral programs with large enrollments of students from underrepresented groups; and a revised faculty orientation program, which features a mentoring program between new and experienced faculty.
  • Wayne Mohr, assistant vice president for technology, offered an overview of BU’s Web site and branding projects. Studies conducted by an independent firm indicate that Web site improvements could increase usability and create a more memorable experience by pinpointing the university’s identity. Implementing the firm’s recommendations, Mohr said, would help BU ensure its Web site continues to be the number one marketing and communications tool for all of BU’s constituents.
  • The Trustees accepted the meeting schedule for 2008-09. The quarterly meetings are set for the following Wednesdays: Sept. 3 and Nov. 26, 2008, and Feb. 25, June 3 and Sept. 2, 2009.

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.