175 Years of Outstanding Educational Opportunities

One hundred seventy-five years of outstanding educational opportunities. Certainly, a milestone to celebrate at a time when Twinkies have a shelf life of 45 days, a total knee replacement takes a surgeon 40 minutes to complete and the latest technology seems to become obsolete the moment it leaves the store.
Times were different when our predecessor, the Literary Academy, was established in 1839 “to teach the elements of a classical education.” That year in Lexington, Mass., an experimental normal school opened as the first state-funded institution in the nation specifically established for teacher education. Starting with just three students, the school in Massachusetts could be considered an early example of what our academy would become when it was purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1916 and renamed the Bloomsburg State Normal School.
Our institution has grown over the ensuing decades with name changes to reflect its expanding mission, from state teachers college to state college and today’s Bloomsburg University. However, the values that form Bloomsburg’s foundation have remained: collaboration, community, critical thinking, diversity, excellence, integrity, knowledge, opportunity, respect and personal and professional growth. It was these values, aligned so well with my own, that attracted me to the Bloomsburg University presidency six years ago.
These values are one of many reasons I celebrate Bloomsburg University on this special anniversary of our founding. In this issue of Bloomsburg: The University Magazine, you will find 175 more reasons in what we are calling “a totally unscientific, spontaneous and spirited listing presented in no particular order.” Space limited us to 175 – one for each year. We welcome your additions to the list at or
I am proud to be part of this special celebration as Bloomsburg University’s 18th president. I am even prouder of the successes of the nearly 85,000 alumni who graduated from our institution over the years and of the potential of our more than 10,000 current students. Thank you for celebrating Bloomsburg’s 175th anniversary with us.

 President, Bloomsburg University

Similar posts
  • The Enduring Value of a Bloomsburg D... The Enduring Value of a Bloomsburg Degree At Homecoming, Alumni Weekend and other events, my conversations with graduates often turn to their careers and the long-lasting benefits of their Bloomsburg University degree. For young alumni, the connection can be a straight line: from college courses and extracurricular activities … to job shadowing and internship opportunities [...]
  • Strong Women I have always surrounded myself with strong women. My mother was a Rosie the Riveter during World War II. My wife, Robbie, earned a doctorate in biology, had a 20-year career in flood control and water resource management and taught related courses at Central Washington University before we moved to Bloomsburg. Our daughter, Laura, determinedly [...]
  • Scholarship: So Much More The Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists two definitions for the word scholarship. Recent economic uncertainty has placed a much needed emphasis on the second meaning: money awarded to a student to help pay for further education. Bloomsburg University’s core purpose, however, is built on the word’s primary definition: the qualities or learning of a scholar. A public [...]
  • What is your relationship with Blooms... What is your relationship with Bloomsburg University? If you are an alumnus, you may see Bloomsburg as the place where you earned your degree, discovered your passion and made lifelong friendships. The place to which you remain connected, regardless of time or distance. My hope is your answer would be all of these and, perhaps, [...]
  • What do you love about Bloomsburg? We posed this question to alumni, faculty, staff and students last November, expecting to hear about the Bloomsburg Fair, Town Park, the fountain on Market Square and local business establishments. We did receive the responses we expected, but we also heard much, much more. Half of those who responded told us what they love most [...]

President’s Blog

Dr. David Soltz shares his thoughts.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.