Presidential Search

A message from Search Committee Chair, Mary Jane Bowes

Dear Campus Community,

The Presidential Search Committee will conclude its work by presenting the names and dossiers of two candidates for the presidency to the Council of Trustees at its special meeting on April 26, 2016. It is an exciting time as we celebrate the many accomplishments of Dr. Soltz and look forward to welcoming our next president! The search committee is delighted with the results thus far and eagerly awaits the next phase of the process.

Guided by the university mission, vision and values statements and the leadership profile, which was developed in consultation with the campus and local communities, our executive search partner, Witt/Kieffer, generated a pool of highly qualified candidates for the committee’s review. The search process was open and inclusive and encouraged full community participation and the opportunity to provide feedback.

Comprehensive candidate due diligence has been completed by the committee and the executive search firm including:

  • Review of all feedback received;
  • Extensive and thorough reference check review (both “on-list” and “off-list”) and additional follow-up as necessary;
  • Comprehensive media and public record review;
  • Verification of employment history, education, certification, and other professional degrees and credentials;
  • Review of the competency/leadership assessments administered by Witt/Kieffer to the four candidates completing a campus visit.

The required background check clearances and credit checks are in process and will be completed prior to the presidential appointment as required by the State System.

The two candidates to be presented to the Council of Trustees are experienced academic leaders who possess the vision and leadership qualities to build upon the institution’s reputation and continue the university’s forward momentum in preparing students for personal and professional success in an increasingly complex global environment. Both individuals have a passion for the mission of public education and possess the qualities necessary to effectively advocate for the university, articulate the institution’s values, and fundraise with the university’s many and broadly based constituents. The search committee believes that these two candidates would continue our tradition of excellence, enhance our co-curricular programs and activities, advance the institution’s enrollment/retention goals, leverage our academic strengths in an effort to deliver a high quality student-centered experience, and add to a communication infrastructure that informs and engages the campus community.

On behalf of the entire committee, thank you for your active participation, engagement, questions, and concerns voiced during this process. The selection of a president is one of the most important decisions that a university can make. The search committee embraced its responsibility to present two highly qualified candidates to the Council of Trustees with enthusiasm and a genuine concern for the best interests of Bloomsburg University. It was my privilege to work with such a diverse and engaged group of individuals who are proud to be associated with BU and genuinely care about its success.

    Mary Jane Bowes
    Chairperson, Presidential Search Committee
    Vice-Chair, Council of Trustees