Long-time BU leader chosen as honorary alum

Irvin Wright For immediate release: May 5, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — Irvin Wright, Ph.D., a Bloomsburg University professor and leader in campus diversity, will be named an honorary alumnus at the BU Alumni Association’s Annual Award luncheon on Saturday, May 19.

Wright, assistant to the provost for diversity initiatives and director of the ACT 101/EOP, has been at the center of diversity initiatives at Bloomsburg since 1977. A respected campus colleague, he has been a mentor to generations of college students and exhibits a commitment to the values esteemed by the university. In addition to his campus work, he and his wife, Judy ’82 M.Ed., have spearheaded programs for alumni networking among multicultural graduates and sought financial support for a fund to help students purchase textbooks.

Dr. Irvin Wright First instituted by the BU Alumni Association in 1985, the honorary alumnus designation recognizes special individuals who have played a significant role in the life of the university and who, by their generous and caring spirit, have set an example for all alumni to follow. Wright was chosen by the Alumni Board of Directors from among candidates nominated by alumni and campus community members. He will be the 27th individual to receive this recognition. All honorary alumni

"If there were ever a single individual willing to do the work of many, it is Dr. Irvin Wright," said Kristin Austin '02, a member of the Multicultural Alumni Planning Committee. "He is father, brother, financial aid counselor, personal counselor, mentor, educator, listener, and more importantly, drill sergeant, all in one. The most intriguing thing about him is that no matter what degree of a student's need, he gives of himself to help fulfill it; be it a one-time word of advice, or long-term housing, Dr. Wright will give his all."

Wright currently serves as assistant to the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for Diversity Initiatives, director of Act 101/EOP, chair of the Department of Developmental Instruction and interim director of the Office of Academic Advisement. Previously, he was assistant director of Act 101/EOP from 1977 until 1996. He is also actively involved in the University-Community Task Force on Racial Equity, University Committee for Protected Class Issues, Advisory Board for the Frederick Douglass Institute and Bloomsburg Rotary.

He earned his Doctor of Education degree from Penn State University, where he majored in higher education with a minor in public administration. He holds a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Toledo and a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his associate’s degree from Dodge City Community College.

Wright began his career as a physical education teacher at the elementary school level for the Buffalo Board of Education in 1969. He assumed the role of assistant football coach for the freshman team at the University of New York at Buffalo for the 1970-71 year. He went on to serve as assistant football coach at the University of Toledo, Ohio, where he coached defensive line and linebackers for six years.

The Alumni Awards Luncheon is an annual event that celebrates the talents and achievements of Bloomsburg graduates. The 2012 alumni award winners will be announced in upcoming weeks. The award ceremony is a hallmark of Alumni Weekend, which will be held May 18-20 this year and features numerous activities for alumni returning to campus, including a leadership conference for alumni volunteers and the Class of 1962 50th Reunion. Alumni and friends are invited to attend the Awards Luncheon.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. NU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.