For Immediate Release
Date: June 26, 2019
Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Media Relations
BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania hosted its annual Community Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday, June 26, with more than 70 individuals representing local and county elected officials, local business and community leaders, board members from the Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce and BU leadership in attendance.
Bloomsburg University President Bashar Hanna reviewed updates on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education redesign, as well as BU enrollment and retention figures, campus housing, and reviewed some of the current building projects on campus.
Hanna also showed some examples of community engagement by BU students and highlighted guaranteed admissions programs with local high schools and regional community colleges. Finally, he mentioned the collaborative effort between the BU Foundation and the Bloomsburg School District with more than $7,500 annually going to scholarships to support students attending BU through the Advanced College Experience program.
In addition, Dan Knorr, director of external and government relations, presented results of a recently-done economic impact study. The study looked at the BU’s impact of several categories to the Town of Bloomsburg, the region (Columbia-Montour Counties) and the state. In payroll the impact to the town is $9.3 million; in operational spending it’s $5 million; in construction spending the figure is $2.9 million (a three-year average); while the estimate for the student spending is $59.8 million. As a result of Bloomsburg University’s presence, local income taxes, gross receipts taxes, and property taxes generate nearly $1 million annually for the community.
Knorr also pointed out that more than 4,500 BU alumni live in Columbia County and account for 11 percent of the county’s income, earning over $304 million annually.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.