Program focuses on BU’s first president, Henry Carver

For immediate release: Oct. 14, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Three days before Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania inaugurates its 18th president, David L. Soltz, university archivist Robert Dunkelberger will present a program about the institution’s first president, or “principal,” Henry Carver.

Dunkelberger’s program, “In Search of Henry Carver: Discovering the Life of Bloomsburg University’s First President,” will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Fenstemaker Alumni House. The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will follow. The Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library Association and the BU Alumni Association are sponsoring the talk.

According to Dunkelberger, little has been known about the man who helped build Carver Hall, BU’s trademark building named in his honor, and established the institution now known as Bloomsburg University. Dunkelberger’s research focuses on Carver’s long career as an educator.

“He was always called ‘Professor Henry Carver,’ and he liked running things his way,” said Dunkelberger. “Although he was viewed as a disciplinarian, he is remembered for all that he did for students and all that they learned from him.
“Henry Carver led a very interesting life and was a complex person,” Dunkelberger added. “A strange twist of fate brought him to Bloomsburg and the university wouldn’t have evolved as it did without him.”

Soltz will be inaugurated as BU’s president Friday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. in the campus’ Student Recreation Center. Other inaugural week activities include a lecture by oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Tickets for the lecture, offered as part of the Celebrity Artist Series, are $20 per person. A limited number of seats are available by contacting the box office at (570) 389-4409.

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.