Trustees receive reports, look to coming year

For immediate release: Sept. 12, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — The Sept. 12 quarterly meeting of Bloomsburg University’s Council of Trustees featured roundups of 2011-12 and glimpses of the academic year just started.

The Trustees approved a continuing affiliation agreement with the Husky Research Corp., established in 2003 to support research, clinical programs and entrepreneurship and administer externally funded grants. They also approved nearly $20 million in purchasing activities for items in excess of $10,000. Trustee LaRoy Davis noted 84 percent or approximately $18 million in goods and services was purchased from vendors in Pennsylvania.

The Trustees also:
Fredda Massari

  • Honored retired nursing faculty Fredda Massari with emeritus status.
  • Approved updates to the Student Code of Conduct and Student Athlete Code of Conduct to promote ease of use and clarify processes.
  • Heard a report on summer college from Tom Fletcher, associate vice president and dean of extended programs. Fletcher said 3,524 students attended classes during summer 2012, a decline of 68 students from the previous year. The largest decline was in graduate students.
  • Received a budget report from Richard Rugen, vice president for administration and finance. BU’s overall budget for 2012-13 totals nearly $136 million. The Education and General, or “E and G” portion totals about $127 million with 69 percent derived from tuition and fees and 26 percent from state appropriation.
  • Learned, during a report from Jerome Dvorak, executive director of the Bloomsburg University Foundation, that the Foundation’s assets total nearly $28 million. The Foundation recently entered into an agreement to purchase the former Cole’s and CVS building in downtown Bloomsburg, raze the structure and construct a new building to house Foundation staff and offices for local companies.
  • Were told by Dione Somerville, vice president for Student Affairs, that enrollment is slightly below projections with official numbers to be released on the 15th day of classes. Two hundred thirty-nine residence hall rooms are tripled.

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