For immediate release: July 14
BLOOMSBURG — Preston Herring, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's vice president for university and student affairs, died July 14 at Geisinger Medical Center, following a long battle with cancer.
During nearly 15 years at BU, Herring led the university division devoted to students' lives outside of the classroom. Student Affairs includes admissions, career development, student standards, student activities and residence life, student health and counseling, intercollegiate athletics and intramural sports and drug and alcohol intervention programs. He oversaw auxiliary enterprises, including Kehr Union, the University Store, the Child Center, the Student Recreation Center and dining services. For five years, he also directed university relations, encompassing alumni affairs, communications, development and government relations.
"Dr. Herring's dedication to each student's experiences both inside and outside the classroom was evident in every decision he made and every project he led," said BU President David Soltz. "He took great pride in developing the concept for the Warren Student Services Center, which transformed the former library into a central location for student and academic services. He believed strongly in the importance of providing safe, high-quality housing for students, both on campus and in town, and worked tirelessly to strengthen the relationship between town residents and our students.
"As a member of my President's Advisory Council, he provided valuable insight. He was the ultimate professional and a true gentleman whose wise counsel we all will miss."
Earlier in his career, Herring served as Rochester Institute of Technology's director of housing and residence life, assistant vice president for student affairs and associate vice president for student affairs. He was director of administration for the University of Louisville's School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, and assistant to the chairman for Michigan State University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Biomechanics. He also worked in student life positions at the University of Vermont, Kent State University and Michigan State University.
Herring earned a doctoral degree in administration and higher education from Michigan State University, a master's of education from the University of Vermont and a bachelor of arts degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; son, Bryce; daughter, Ashleigh Spiegel; and grandson, Matthew Spiegel.
The public viewing will be Friday, July 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at Dean W. Kriner Funeral Home, Bloomsburg. Herring's memorial service will be held Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg. The family internment will be at New Rosemont Cemetery, Bloomsburg, followed by a reception at the Kehr Union Ballroom.