Trustees Narrow Presidential Search Field to Two

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees voted unanimously today to advance presidential candidates Bashar W. Hanna, Ph.D. and Daniel A. Wubah, Ph.D. to the Chancellor and the Pennsylvania State System Board of Governors.

The Trustees made their unranked selection during a special meeting Wednesday, April 26. The process will continue on May 8 and 9 when the Chancellor and PASSHE Board of Governors will interview the candidates in Harrisburg. Bloomsburg University’s next president will be named during a special PA State System of Higher Education Board of Governors meeting that will be held later in May.

From a field of more than 55 applicants, Hanna and Wubah, along with two other candidates, were invited to visit BU earlier this spring for three-day interviews with the campus community.

  • Dr. Bashar Hanna is a professor of biology and formerly vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown. Prior to working at Delaware Valley, Hanna served as associate provost at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. He was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he served as interim provost.

Hanna was the founding dean of Academic Affairs at DeVry University, Pennsylvania and served his alma mater, Temple University, in various capacities. He also served as associate dean of the College of Science and Technology at Temple. Hanna has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in biology, cell biology, neurobiology, gerontology, biotechnology, mathematics and bioethics. He is president-elect of the American Association of University Administrators and serves on the Board of Directors of ACE – Access to College Education in Central New York.

Hanna earned his three degrees from Temple University, including a bachelor’s degree in biology; a master’s degree in developmental biology and a doctoral degree in developmental neurobiology. Hanna and his wife Deanna have two children.

  • Dr. Daniel Wubah is the senior advisor to the president at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He joined the Washington and Lee administration after his tenure at Virginia Tech where he served as vice president for undergraduate education and deputy provost. At Washington and Lee he was appointed chief academic officer with oversight of two undergraduate colleges and the Law School.

Wubah began his academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson (State) University in Maryland in 1992. After earning tenure, he was elected chair of the department. In 2000, he joined James Madison University as the associate dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Three years later, he was appointed the special assistant to the president. After serving as associate provost for undergraduate education and professor of zoology at the University of Florida from 2007-09, he moved to Virginia Tech.

Wubah received a bachelor’s degree with honors in botany and diploma in science education from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, a master’s degree in biology from the University of Akron, Ohio, and a doctoral degree in botany from the University of Georgia, with a specialization in anaerobic microbiology. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Research Laboratory in Athens, Ga. Wubah and his wife Judith have two adult children.

BU President David L. Soltz will retire June 30 after a tenure of 9 ½ years. The new leader will assume his presidency on or around July 1.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.