BU to host visiting executive Oct. 27

For immediate release: October 24, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Robert Soper, president and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, will be Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s College of Business Executive in Residence on Monday, Oct. 27.

Soper will give a talk, “The Status of Gaming in Pennsylvania and Employment Opportunities” at 2 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

Soper will also give talks in several business classes during the day. The free lecture is offered as part of a weeklong series of special events leading up to the inauguration of BU's 18th president, David L. Soltz, on Friday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is a harness racetrack and location of a casino and entertainment complex which opened in November 2006. Prior to his current position, Soper served for four years as a senior vice president at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. He also served as the chief legal officer for the company and secretary for the Connecticut Sun, a professional women’s basketball franchise.

Previously, he was senior attorney for the Mohegan Tribe from 1997 to 2001.

Soper has been involved in the community both in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Robert has served on the board of directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeastern Connecticut, United Way of Wyoming Valley, and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and Chamber of Business and Industry. He also served on the board of trustees of Misericordia University, and the board of directors of Scranton Tomorrow, WVIA-TV, The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Soper earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia, and graduated with a juris doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law. He served on the editorial board of the Georgia Law Review.

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.