As the tournament director for the Little League Baseball World Series, I get to see, firsthand, the excitement each year as 16 championship teams make their way to Williamsport. The exuberance of the players is infectious and gives all of us at Little League International tangible evidence of the hard work we do each day that has an impact on millions of players around the world.
In my role as chairperson of the Council of Trustees, I have also been an eyewitness to the hard work that goes into selecting a new university president. In July, Dr. Bashar Hanna assumed leadership of Bloomsburg University. But, for the previous eight months, countless hours were put in by many people to help identify and eventually choose the person to serve as BU’s new leader. This group, led by the Honorable Judge Mary Jane Bowes, did outstanding work reviewing applications and conducting on- and off-campus interviews before making recommendations to the Board of Governors. I know I speak for all faculty, staff, alumni and students when I say “thank you” to all of them.
Dr. Hanna, in just a short time, has already made an impact on the campus as he gets out to meet with different groups and shares his vision for the university. From his first day on the job when he took selfies with the orientation staff at Scranton Commons, to his meeting faculty and staff in and around campus, Dr. Hanna is quickly learning what it means to be a Husky.
As Dr. Hanna’s presidency gets underway, the BU community looks forward to Homecoming Weekend, which begins Friday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. with the dedication of the David L. Soltz Residence Hall.
It was my honor, at the June Council of Trustees meeting, to announce the naming of this building in honor of Dr. Soltz for his nine and-a-half years of service to Bloomsburg. That night we will celebrate with fireworks on the Quad the most successful capital campaign in the university’s 178-year history, the It’s Personal Campaign, which raised more than $61 million.
So as we welcome Dr. Hanna and his family to the BU family, let’s remember the hard work and dedication it took to get to this point.•
Patrick Wilson ’91
Chairman, Council of Trustees