BU celebrates success of largest ever capital campaign

BLOOMSBURG –Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and the Bloomsburg University Foundation celebrated the conclusion of the It’s Personal capital campaign by announcing the seven-year fund-raising effort had achieved a university-record total of $62,075,064.

The initial goal for It’s Personal: The Campaign for Bloomsburg University was $50 million by the end of December 2017. However, by early November 2016, the university exceeded its mark by more than $10 million. The campaign closed six months earlier than anticipated to coincide with the retirement of former Bloomsburg University President David Soltz.

The Bloomsburg University community of donors, alumni, faculty and staff celebrated this historic milestone and the impact it will have on the future on the university’s academic quad. The evening culminated with a fireworks display that served as both a celebration of the campaign’s success and the kickoff to the weekend’s homecoming festivities.

“I am thrilled to share in this remarkable achievement with the entire Bloomsburg University Community,” said BU President Bashar W. Hanna. “I look forward to taking the next steps together with all of you as we build on the positive momentum and energy created with this campaign.”

“Seven years ago, when Dr. Soltz and Bloomsburg University began to build their vision for what they thought this campaign could accomplish, these are exactly the types of results we were hoping for,” said It’s Personal Campaign Chair, Duane Greenly. “I always had faith that we would reach our goal, but as I stand here tonight, it is hard for me to express how proud I am to be a part of the Bloomsburg University community and to see how we have come together to turn this dream into a reality.”

Former BU President David Soltz also returned to campus to join in the celebration and to express his appreciation to the donors and alumni, faculty and staff who helped to make the It’s Personal campaign a success.

“When we started the It’s Personal campaign, we set an ambitious goal and tonight, we celebrate not only achieving that goal, but exceeding it quite substantially,” said former BU President David Soltz. “But the most exciting part is that this is just the beginning of something so much bigger.”

The resounding success of the It's Personal campaign has achieved more than just a financial goal. Faculty, staff and students are already benefiting from 137 new scholarship opportunities, and countless programs and initiatives resulting from the generosity of more than 17,800 individual donors and the impact they have made through this campaign.

Nine new Named Endowed Professorships and Fellowships have been established throughout the It's Personal campaign. Eleven Professional Experience Grants have been designated in support of Professional U. In addition, Professional U supports two, new college-based institutes that combine curriculum with professional experiences.

The campaign also provided resources which resulted in Bloomsburg’s first named college, the Zeigler College of Business, the naming of several facilities including Steph Pettit Stadium, and the construction of the Greenly Center, the new home for the BU Foundation and BU’s first official presence in downtown Bloomsburg.

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