Communications

April 20, 2022


Dear Husky family,   
   
I'm delighted to announce that the NCAA Membership Committee has given its approval to proceed with our plan for Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield to retain our full complements of athletic programs on the campuses that currently host them.   
  
Our student-athletes deserve the opportunity to continue their athletic pursuits, and intercollegiate athletics hold a special place as part of the fabric of each of our campus communities and institutional brands. Together we can confidently move forward into the 2022-23 academic year and beyond - to cheer on the Huskies, Bald Eagles, and Mounties.  
  
I extend our thanks to our NCAA colleagues and the Membership Committee for collaborating with us and ensuring our student-athletes have the opportunity to continue competing as they do today.  
  
Congratulations to all who have worked tirelessly on this approval. Your dedication and hard work on behalf of our students and student-athletes is greatly appreciated!  
  
Sincerely,   
 
Dr. Bashar W. Hanna 
President - Bloomsburg University 
Interim President - Lock Haven University 
Interim President - Mansfield University 

 

March 15, 2022

Dear Campus Community,  
 
With great joy and satisfaction, I announce that the integration of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield universities has received initial approval by the institutional accrediting agency, Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In approving the Complex Substantive Change request, Middle States provides a clear path forward for our three institutions to officially unite on July 1, 2022.  
 
As you know, accreditation by Middle States is required by the U.S. Department of Education and assures students, families and communities the university has completed a rigorous review process and provides a high-quality education.   
 
Together, Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield embody the power of three and create a higher education experience, the likes of which is not possible without integration.   
 
Our mission is to expand high-quality, affordable academic opportunities that support the needs of all learners. We are grateful to MSCHE for this expression of confidence in our approach. Our students deserve the very best of us, and we are all here in service to them and in support of their bright futures.   
 
I also wish to thank the more than 1,000 individuals who have been working hard for the past two years on the integration process. Today’s decision has validated your hard work and dedication to this process. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Dr. Bashar W. Hanna
President – Bloomsburg University
Interim President – Lock Haven University
Interim President – Mansfield University

January 28, 2022

The interim Finance and Administration leadership model as we move forward into Integration will be one of a collaborative team, working in tandem to assist and guide the division. The leadership team will consist of Amy Dicello, Deana Hill, Eric Ness, Lois Johnson, and Tena Maurer.

  • Amy, Deana, and Lois will manage all finance/budget-related items, with Lois providing special support on CPP updates and submissions.
  • Deana and Tena will focus on labor relations and human resources support, with Deana serving as Chief of Staff.
  • Eric Ness will continue to work with the Facilities, Safety, and Police units in addition to his Integration project management responsibilities.
  • The team as a whole will be supported by Mary Vezendy who will help to coordinate meetings, provide support, and fulfill her role with Administrative Operations, coordinating Council of Trustee meetings, and Right To Know Requests.

This model will help ensure the stability and direction of the division as we engage in a national search process to identify our next VP of Finance and Administration.

I am confident that the broad knowledge, expertise, and dedication of this team will successfully assist all of us in the next phases of our campus’ evolutions.

Sincerely,
Bashar 

Bashar W. Hanna, Ph.D.
President – Bloomsburg University
Interim President – Lock Haven University
Interim President – Mansfield University

December 15, 2021

Dear Colleagues,
As previously promised, I am sharing integration-centric updates with you as decisions are made. Throughout this planning process, we continue to be laser-focused on creating a leadership structure that will best serve the needs of our students and position all of us – students, faculty, and staff – for optimal success.

I previously announced that the integrated institution will consist of five distinct divisions: Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, Finance and Administration, Student Success and Campus Life, and Advancement. Deans and Department Chairs in Academic Affairs were previously announced by the Provosts and APSCUF in early November.

As we phase into a single integrated university on July 1, 2022, I am pleased to announce that the following personnel will serve as direct reports to their division’s Vice President for their respective functional areas.

Name

Functional Area

Division

 

 

Administration & Finance

Amy Dicello

Finance

 

Eric Ness

Facilities, Police, and Safety

 

Tena Maurer

Human Resources and Workplace Change

 

 

 

Student Success & Campus Life

Amy Downes

Student Success

 

Scott Kane

Campus Life

 

Jim McCormack

Auxiliary Services 

 

Stacey Brunozzi

Student Health Center

 

 

 

Enrollment Management

Chris Lapos

Admissions

 

Pam Kathcart

Financial Aid

 

Rona Anderson

Early College

 

 

 

Advancement

Lynda Michaels

Alumni and Professional Engagement

 

Casey Wood

Advancement - Mansfield University

 

To be posted

Advancement - Lock Haven University

 

 

 

President’s Office

Jennifer Umberger

Marketing and Communications

 

On or before July 1, 2022, Athletics will report to their respective Campus Administrator. 

Organizational Change
I appreciate the work of the integrated division Vice Presidents as they continue to partner with Human Resources to create organizational structures poised to serve our students. As the Leadership team continues to partner with Human Resources to define and classify positions in the integrated university, Vice Presidents will make announcements as that work is completed with the target of finalizing all position reviews by the end of March 2022.

As we continue building the organizational structure for our integrated university, we acknowledge the stress that naturally accompanies such massive change. We must all lean on one another for support, and please know your supervisors and I are here to support you as well. As I have stated before, I appeal to all of you to stay engaged throughout this process. I am confident that our collaborative approach will lead to the creation of an institution of which we can all be proud.

I am beyond grateful for the work each of you is doing as we continue this journey together. If you have questions about this planning process, please do not hesitate to email the integration team at NEIntegration@bloomu.edu or schedule time during my office hours. 

Thank you, as always, for your ongoing commitment to our students and their success.

Sincerely,
Bashar 

Bashar W. Hanna, Ph.D.
President – Bloomsburg University
Interim President – Lock Haven University
Interim President – Mansfield University

November 19, 2021 – Faculty Department Chairs Announcement

Dear Colleagues,  

We are pleased to congratulate the faculty who have been elected by their peers to serve in the inaugural roles of chairperson in their respective disciplines for the Northeast integrated university. We also wish to thank all of those who were willing to stand for election. 

As announced Wednesday, Nov. 17 by APSCUF, please congratulate our newest chairs. 
 

Department Name  Department Chair 

Accounting & Business Law 

Loren Selznick (BU) 

Anthro, Soc, CJ  

David Fazzino (BU) 

Athletics 

Mike McFarland (BU) 

Biology  

Angela Hess (BU) 

Biochem, Chem, Engin, & Physics  

Gregory Zimmerman (BU) 

Communication Sciences & Disorders 

Mohsin Shaikh (BU) 

Communication Studies 

Angela La Valley (BU) 

Counseling & Ed. Leadership 

Lisa Weaver (LHU) 

Dept. of Exceptionality Programs  

Maureen Walsh (BU) 

Early Childhood Ed.  

Todd Hoover (BU) 

EGGS 

Michael Shepard (BU) 

English  

Mark Decker (BU) 

Finance, Ins., Risk Mgmt., Econ. 

Arian Moghadam (BU) 

Health & Exercise Sciences 

Daniel Gales (LHU) 

History, Poli Sci, Phil.  

Jeff Bosworth (MU) 

Inst. Tech., Tech Leadership, ITA 

Carolyn LaMacchia (BU)  

Languages & Cultures 

Mykola Polyuha (BU) 

Management  

Lam Nguyen (BU) 

Marketing & Prof. Sales 

Monica Favia (BU) 

Math, Comp Sci, DF 

Curt Jones (BU) 

Media & Journalism  

Jason Genovese (BU) 

Middle Level, Second, K12 Ed 

Nanci Werner-Burke (MU) 

Music, Theatre, and Dance  

Nathan Rinnert (MU) 

Nursing - Graduate  

Kimberly Olszewski (BU)  

Nursing - Undergraduate 

no election held 

Physician Assistant 

Curtis Grenoble (LHU) 

Psychology 

no election held 

Social Work  

Shane Jaynes (BU)  

Student Success 

Deb Rotella (MU) 

Visual Arts  

Meredith Grimsley (BU)  

Library Holly Jackson (MU)

Again, congratulations to the new chairs, and thank you for agreeing to serve in this capacity. As the Integration Curriculum Committee convenes, we look forward to your leadership. 

Thank you,  

Diana Rogers-Adkinson -- Provost, Bloomsburg 
Ron Darbeau -- Provost, Lock Haven 
John Ulrich -- Provost, Mansfield

* APSCUF announced the election results for the Integrated Library Department Chair on Dec. 1, 2021.

November 15, 2021 – NE Program Array

Dear Bloomsburg Faculty and Staff Colleagues, 

Beginning in Spring 2021, we have been working to refine the academic program array that will be in place when the Northeast integrated university launches next summer. The academic program array provides detail regarding degree programs and program concentrations aligned with the Northeast's newly announced colleges and academic departments. This work is critical in defining how the Northeast integrated university will be positioned to support our students and their future success.  

Determining the program array is foundational to the work of the Northeast integrated university, which, assuming Middle States approval, will represent the integration of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield universities in a few months. The creation of the integrated university provides us the opportunity to assess our offerings and to create an array that meets the needs of today's students, employers, and our region. 

As you will see from the linked array, the Northeast integrated university determined program array includes a robust set of more than 80 degree programs across a wide variety of disciplinary fields. Once the curricular process is completed, we will be well positioned to meet our students’ educational and career goals in alignment with the workforce needs of our region, the Commonwealth, and beyond.  

For this determined array, we have limited the list to degree programs and concentrations. The array will serve as the determination of the program array per the language in the Article 31 side letter. Therefore, we expect that the NE interim curriculum committee will be established and conduct its business. As you will also see from the linked array, not all degree programs and concentrations that appeared in previous drafts are included in this list. We realize that the exclusion of the programs listed below will raise questions and concerns. We invite departments with concerns to request meetings with the provosts.  

It is important to note that this determination does not impact students entering in Fall 2022. Any program changes would follow program moratorium procedures, including a plan to teach out the program to ensure enrolled students can complete their degrees without interruption.  

The following programs have been excluded from the determined future array due to current and/or anticipated low enrollment and low student demand: 

Degree Programs 

  • AAS Environmental Technology 
  • AAS Public Health Education 
  • AS Chemical Technology 
  • AS Computer Information Systems 
  • AS Environmental Geoscience 
  • AS Geography and GIS 
  • AS Substance Use and Behavior Disorder Counseling 
  • BA Anthropology 
  • BA Chemistry 
  • BA Philosophy 
  • BA Physics 
  • BS Physics 
  • BSEd Business Education 
  • MEd Business Education 
  • MS Nutrition 

 Concentrations/Certification Areas 

  • Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, and Traditional (within the BS Mathematics program) 
  • German (within the BA Languages and Cultures program) 
  • Health and Medicine, Industry and Economics, and Diversity and Inclusion (within the BA Sociology program) 
  • Nanotechnology (within the BS Chemistry program) 
  • Science: Physics 7-12 (within the BSEd in Secondary and K-12 Education program) 

Our thanks to all involved in the work of our academic program array for their time, creativity, and expertise. We are excited to highlight our faculty's innovation as they focus on designing programs with state-of-the-art offerings that demonstrate that the Northeast integrated university is a respected leader in offering a high-quality, affordable education that positions our students for success.  

Thank you,  
Diana Rogers-Adkinson -- Provost, Bloomsburg 
Ron Darbeau -- Provost, Lock Haven 
John Ulrich -- Provost, Mansfield

November 12, 2021 – Leadership of the Academic Colleges

Dear Bloomsburg University Employees,

We are pleased to announce the leadership of the academic colleges for the NE integrated university.

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH) - Dean James Brown
Dr. Brown has served at Bloomsburg University as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts for ten years, with 15 total years of service to BU. He previously served as Associate Provost and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Mansfield University. Dean Brown will serve on the Bloomsburg campus, with Senior Associate Dean Josh Battin serving on the Mansfield campus. Dr. Battin is currently serving as the Associate Provost, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, and Interim Associate Vice President for Administration. He has been at MU for ten years.

We will be posting an internal search for an Assistant Dean for CASSH to be seated at Lock Haven. This college will have both a Sr. Associate Dean and Assistant Dean due to the number of programs, students, and faculty served.

College of Education and Human Studies - Dean Daryl Fridley
Dr. Fridley has served for two years as the Dean of the College of Education at Bloomsburg. Previously he served as the Associate Dean of the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University for eight years. Dean Fridley will serve from the Lock Haven campus, with Associate Dean Amy Eitzen serving on the Bloomsburg campus, where she has served in that role since 2018. Previously she served as the Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator and Associate Professor at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida.

College of Health Professions - Interim Dean Jonathan Lindzey
After 16 years of service, Dean Lindzey has announced his retirement from Lock Haven University effective in spring 2022. He will continue to serve in his current administrative roles at LHU and the Interim Dean of the College of Health Professions during integration efforts this year.

A national search will be launched for the founding Dean of the College of Health Professions. This dean will lead from the Lock Haven campus. We will also be posting an internal search for an Interim Associate Dean of Nursing to serve until the new dean is seated and can conduct a search for a permanent Associate Dean of Nursing. The Associate Dean of Nursing will serve from the Bloomsburg campus.

College of Science and Technology - Dean Latha Ramakrishnan
Dean Ramakrishnan is in her first year at Bloomsburg University. She previously served as Interim Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies and Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Dr. Ramakrishnan will serve from the Bloomsburg campus.

An immediate internal search for an Associate Dean will be launched to serve from the Lock Haven campus.

Zeigler College of Business - Dean Todd Shawver
Dean Shawver has served as the Dean of the Zeigler College of Business for three years, previously serving as Chair of the Accounting Department at BU. Dr. Shawver will serve from the Bloomsburg campus.

An immediate internal search for an Associate Dean will be launched to serve from the Lock Haven campus.

Please note that, although the deans and associate deans have a designated ‘home” campus, it is expected that all deans, associate deans, and assistant deans will spend significant time at all campuses of the integrated university. 

In addition, we will be launching internal searches for the Dean of Undergraduate Education with a home campus of Mansfield and Dean of Graduate Education with a home campus of Bloomsburg. 

Student Success – Interim Associate Vice President, Amy Downes
Dr. Downes has served at Lock Haven University for eight years in several capacities. She was a residence hall director, a temporary faculty member in the Social Work Department for three years, and most recently has worked in the Student Success Office as the Director of Student Support and Retention. Dr. Downes will serve on the Lock Haven Campus. The Student Success/Campus Life Division organizational chart is in process and additional appointments are forthcoming.

Finally, Athletics will report to the Campus Administrator at the respective home campus. The Library organizational chart is yet to be completed, and we are finalizing details for the search for the permanent Associate Vice President to lead the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. These positions will be announced at a future date.

We look forward to implementing this structure in support of our students and their success.

Thank you,  

Diana Rogers-Adkinson -- Provost, Bloomsburg 
Ron Darbeau -- Provost, Lock Haven 
John Ulrich -- Provost, Mansfield

October 7, 2021 – Senior Leadership Team Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

Following up on my previous integration-related update on September 14, I am pleased to share additional updates on the senior leadership team for the integrated institution’s divisions and the process for organizational change that will roll out over the next several months.

NE Region Integrated Division Vice Presidents
The integrated institution will consist of five distinct divisions: Academic Affairs, Administration & Finance, Enrollment Management, Student Success & Campus Life, and University Advancement. As we phase into a single integrated entity beginning on July 1, 2022, the following will serve as divisional Vice Presidents, and they will lead the integration process in their respective divisions over the coming months:

  • Diana Rogers-Adkinson, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Claudia Thrush, Vice President for Administration and Finance
  • Stephen Lee, Ed.D., Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Martha Wygmans, Ed.D., Interim Vice President for Student Success and Campus Life
  • Erik Evans, Vice President for University Advancement

Within the Academic Affairs division, I am pleased to share that Dr. Ron Darbeau will serve as Vice President for Faculty Affairs & Academic Operations. Also, Dr. John Ulrich has informed me of his intent to retire on June 30, 2022, and he has graciously agreed to remain involved at Mansfield as we implement integration. Similarly, Tom Fletcher has likewise expressed interest in retiring in 2022 but will also continue to be a valued partner throughout this process. Lastly, Albert Jones, who currently serves as Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for all three campuses, will continue in the same capacity within the integrated university.

Organizational Change
Over the course of the next several months, the Vice Presidents of each of the integrated divisions will work closely with personnel within the division while partnering with Human Resources to create integrated divisional organizational charts, identify department and subunit assignments, revise and regrade position descriptions (as needed), and provide transitional training as appropriate. Existing positions and classifications will remain in place through June 30, 2022 at all three campuses. To give you a better sense of the decisions we still have ahead of us, please find below the following timeline:

October 2021
Divisions and Vice Presidents Named (today’s announcement)

November 2021 through February 2022
Non-faculty Departments Identified and Staff Departmental Assignments Identified

Winter-Spring 2022
All Staff Assignments Reviewed and Finalized, Positions Identified, and Job Descriptions Completed

Spring 2022
Training Plan Developed and Implemented for New Roles

Summer 2022-Spring 2023
Ongoing Assessment and Evaluation

Please note that the continued work in Academic Affairs will be shared directly with the faculty by the three provosts in collaboration with APSCUF.

Lastly, I want to acknowledge the anxiety associated with the massive organizational change we are undertaking. I am beyond grateful for the work each of you is doing as we continue this journey together. It is important for us to lean on one another for support, and please know your supervisors are here to support you as well. The leadership team and I are approaching this complex planning process in a thoughtful and deliberate manner, and for this reason we are allowing for sufficient time for meaningful dialogue and engagement. On that note, if you have questions about this planning process, please do not hesitate to email the integration team in the President’s Office at NEIntegration@bloomu.edu, or schedule time directly with me during my office hours. I will also look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions during our faculty and staff town halls, which will be scheduled for later this month/early next month. As I have stated before, I appeal to all of you to continue to stay engaged throughout this process. I am confident that through our collaborative work together, we will develop a comprehensive institution of which we can all be proud.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our students and their success. Throughout this planning process, we continue to be laser-focused on creating a leadership structure that will best serve the needs of our students and position all of us – students, faculty, and staff – for optimal success. 

Sincerely,
Bashar 

Bashar W. Hanna, Ph.D.
President – Bloomsburg University
Interim President – Lock Haven University
Interim President – Mansfield University

 

September 14, 2021 – Updates from Dr. Hanna

Dear Colleagues,

As a follow-up to my email last month in which I announced the members of the Northeast Integration Senior Implementation Team, I wanted to provide a couple updates to you.

After reviewing best practices among regional public universities with a total student population similar to the combined total at our three institutions, and in consultation with the regional leadership team, I have determined that our best path forward will be to create a division that is dedicated to our students and their success. The Division of Student Success and Campus Life will be separate and distinct from Enrollment Management, and it will serve the needs of all students across our three universities.

Further, I am pleased to share with you the appointment of Dr. Marty Wygmans as Interim Vice President for Student Success and Campus Life. Dr. Wygmans joined Bloomsburg in 2018 as Associate Vice President for Student Success from Binghamton University in New York, where she served as project director for its TRiO Programs and executive director of student services. Dr. Wygmans has been a trusted colleague and invaluable contributor to our overall progress in the critical areas of student success and retention, and I am confident that we will continue to collaborate with colleagues at all campuses and provide exemplary service in support of our students. Please join me in congratulating and thanking Dr. Wygmans for assuming this important role.

Please see below a revised chart which reflects the change in Dr. Wygmans’ new interim role. In addition, we include Human Resources and Associate Vice President Tena Maurer in the cross-functional box below to reflect the collaboration of our HR colleagues with all divisions and offices as we continue to build our new path forward together.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank JoEllen Lindner for her service to Mansfield University as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment. JoEllen came to Mansfield from The Registry two years ago, and has been leading the student affairs and admissions teams during an especially challenging period. Her last day at Mansfield will be September 24. I am grateful to JoEllen for her expertise and valuable insights throughout our integration discussions over the past year, and know that I speak for many in saying we will miss her and wish her all the best in her next endeavor. 

We will be sure to keep you apprised of additional updates as our implementation planning continues over the coming months.

Sincerely,
Bashar

 

Bashar W. Hanna, Ph.D.
President – Bloomsburg University
Interim President – Lock Haven University
Interim President – Mansfield University

 

August 12, 2021 – Senior Implementation Team

Dear Colleagues,

As we soon begin a new academic year, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to each of you for your hard work and dedication over the past year. With the ongoing pandemic and the integration planning discussions, the past several months have been atypical for several reasons, and the weeks leading up to the Board of Governors’ vote last month required much of our efforts. My sincere thanks to all of you for contributing your time and expertise over this past year. I am excited about the road ahead of us, and look forward to building upon our collaborative work together.

As you know, the Board of Governors unanimously approved the integration of Bloomsburg University, Lock Haven University, and Mansfield University during its meetings last month. With this historic vote, I recognize that such a change presents a level of uncertainty for all of us. It also provides us a unique opportunity to develop a community that builds on our collective strengths for the benefit of our students. None of us will have the complete clarity as quickly as we would like, but I so appreciate your willingness to collaborate and work together to create innovative solutions to the challenges we may encounter over the coming year. As I have done since last fall, I will continue to inform you of the latest updates through communications such as this one and by answering your questions in town hall sessions, office hours, or by e-mail. To that end, I wanted to provide some updates on campus and implementation leadership.

I am grateful to each of the Chief Operating Officers (COOs) listed below. Without their leadership and support, we would not have been able to navigate the past year as we have. I look forward to continuing my work with them as our implementation planning progresses over the coming months. 

Chief Operating Officers

Bloomsburg University

  • Diana Rogers-Adkinson, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Claudia Thrush, Vice President for Finance and Administration 

Lock Haven University

  • Ron Darbeau, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Deana Hill, Chief Administration and Finance Officer

Mansfield University

  • John Ulrich, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Senior Implementation Team

Finally, in the below chart I am pleased to share with you the members of the Senior Implementation Team for the Northeast Integration. As you will see, this team includes colleagues from across all three campuses who will lead implementation efforts in the following areas: Workforce Development, Academics, Enrollment Management, Finance & Administration, Student Success, Marketing and Communications, and Advancement. In addition, please find attached a document that includes this same chart and a list of all Senior Implementation Team members.  

Led by our new Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Albert Jones, our ongoing efforts to become more welcoming and inclusive communities will be critical work across all three campuses, and our senior implementation team leaders will be partnering closely with Mr. Jones. Similarly, they will collaborate with one another to ensure that our students’ technological needs are met most effectively. Leading this initiative will be Dr. Ed Keller, an assistant professor in BU’s Zeigler College of Business who will serve as Interim Associate Vice President for Information Technology. In this interim role, Dr. Keller will collaborate with all offices and colleagues on each campus to drive progress and lead our efforts in becoming a stronger and more technically integrated community, and he will especially work closely with our three chief information technology officers and their respective teams. Dr. Keller’s home office will be at Bloomsburg University, and he will report directly to me. I am grateful to Dr. Keller for stepping up and taking on this important leadership role. Lastly, a Project Management Office will collaborate directly with me and all area leaders to ensure implementation goals and critical timeframes are met.
      
With the efforts of this senior leadership team and all of you, I am confident that we will chart a bold and exciting path forward for Bloomsburg University, Lock Haven University, and Mansfield University. I ask each of you to please stay engaged, and thank you in advance for your continued patience as we navigate this unchartered territory together. As I mentioned in my message last month, I will continue to host town halls and maintain my regular office hours so that I can be available to you throughout the academic year. 

Many thanks for your ongoing commitment to our students and their success. 

Sincerely,
Bashar

Bashar W. Hanna, Ph.D.
President – Bloomsburg University
Interim President – Lock Haven University
Interim President – Mansfield University