Spring commencement speakers announced

BLOOMSBURG — A former CEO, a current vice president in health services, and a state Superior Court justice will serve as ceremonial speakers at Bloomsburg University's 149th  Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 12, on the Academic Quadrangle. Commencement will be streamed live online, including all three speeches, starting 15 minutes prior to each ceremony.

Ed Breiner ’77, former president and CEO of Schramm, Inc., will address graduates of the Zeigler College of Business and the College of Education at 8:30 a.m., followed by Nancy Vasta ’97/’99M, vice president of consumer health engagement at Cigna, addressing graduates of the College of Science and Technology at noon. Judge Mary Jane Bowes, will conclude the day's celebration addressing the graduates of the College of Liberal Arts at 3:30 p.m.

Graduate commencement for the School of Graduate Studies to confer master’s or doctoral degrees will be held Friday, May 11, at 6 p.m. in Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts.

Ed Breiner

Breiner is the former president and CEO of Schramm, Inc., a manufacturer of mobile top head rotary drill rigs, located in West Chester, Pa. He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, sales and marketing. He held several positions within Ingersoll-Rand Company in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas.

In 2000, Breiner joined Schramm, Inc. and led a management buyout of the company. In addition to his continuing role on the Schramm, Inc. board, he serves on the boards of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, Chester County Economic Development Council, Chester County Hospital Foundation, West Chester Food Cupboard, Bloomsburg University Foundation and Major Drilling International, a public Canadian company. He holds a B.S. in accounting from Bloomsburg University and an M.B.A. in acquisition and contract management from the University of Dallas.

Nancy Vasta

Vasta has 20 years of professional experience with Cigna, a global health services company that sells in 30 countries and serves 95 million customers. As a vice president at Cigna Vasta is responsible for customer health engagement focused on redefining how individuals engage with their health in an evolving delivery system. She is the business lead responsible for Cigna's next-generation service experience and has also worked in various roles including Marketing, Product, eCommerce, Operations and Human Resources.

Vasta received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of BU’s Council of Trustees and is actively involved in fundraising. Vasta was the first chair of the Henry Carver Fund which raised over $1.5 million annually and helped lay the foundation for the $62 million It’s Personal campaign. 

Judge Bowes

The Honorable Mary Jane Bowes serves as a judge of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Judge Bowes earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Upon graduation, she worked as a judicial law clerk for Chief Justice Henry X. O’Brien of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and two Superior Court judges. Judge Bowes then went into the practice of law before joining the legal department of a publicly traded environmental remediation firm. A member of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, she was named one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business by Governor Tom Ridge. 

She was elected to the Superior Court in November 2001 and retained for a second 10-year term in 2011. She was appointed by the Supreme Court to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency and the Appellate Courts Procedural Rules Committee. Judge Bowes was appointed to the Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees by Governor Tom Corbett and recently chaired the Presidential Search Committee. She is currently chair of the St. Anthony School for Children and sits on the University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association.

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.