Diana Rogers-Adkinson named as new provost

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania President Bashar W. Hanna has named Diana Rogers-Adkinson as the university’s new provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs following a nationwide search.

Dr. Rogers-Adkinson is currently the dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Studies at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. serving in that position for one year. Previously, she served as dean of the College of Education also at Southeast. As dean, she oversees seven departments, and 14 auxiliary units including Lift for Life Charter School, the University Autism Center, a Reading Recovery site and the Regional Professional Development Center for school districts in southeast Missouri. The college serves 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students.

As the Bloomsburg University’s chief academic officer, Rogers-Adkinson will oversee the university’s Division of Academic Affairs, including the College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and the Zeigler College of Business, as well as technology and library services, planning/assessment, undergraduate education, and graduate studies/research. The provost will also oversee, in conjunction with the chief of staff, the development of the university’s next strategic plan.

“It is an honor to join President Hanna, the faculty and staff at Bloomsburg University,” said Rogers-Adkinson. “I was impressed by the overall commitment to students and quality programs during my time on campus. The faculty and staff are enthusiastic champions for their programs, and I look forward to supporting their work as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.”

“I want to thank the search committee for their hospitality and engagement during my time on campus,” Rogers-Adkinson continued. “It was an invigorating experience. Every interaction from students, faculty, staff and administration shared a spirit of excellence and focus on providing students the best higher education experience possible. It is an exciting time for Bloomsburg as we launch into strategic planning in the fall and forge a bold vision for serving our students and the community. I can’t wait to get started.”

With extensive experience in strategic planning at the college and university level, Dr. Rogers-Adkinson’s key initiatives have centered on inclusivity, creating effective cost centers in the auxiliaries, implementation of high impact practices to support student retention, and enhancing supports to underserved and diverse student populations.

“Dr. Rogers-Adkinson comes to BU with extensive experience that will serve our faculty and students well,” said President Hanna. “Her focus on academic excellence, student success and retention, along with faculty growth and development aligns perfectly with our strategic direction. In addition, she understands and has a track record of fostering, supporting and nurturing a diverse student population. I join the entire campus community in welcoming her to the BU family.”

Dr. Rogers-Adkinson’s previous academic appointments were at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Wichita State University.

Dr. Rogers-Adkinson is a graduate of Kent State University with doctorates in special education and counseling and human development services. She also has a master’s degree in community counseling from Kent State and holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in special education.

She and her husband Greg are parents to two adult sons, Alex and Zach.