When Bashar Hanna spoke to the campus community as a presidential candidate, he promised to be an engaged and attentive listener. The well-thumbed copy of “Emotional Intelligence 2.0,” among the first things unpacked in his Carver Hall office, indicates Hanna is serious about listening and working hard to do so with empathy.
But there were already major decisions to be made by Monday, July 10, Hanna’s first official day on campus. Among them, selecting a provost. Campus rumors were that an interim provost would be selected from off-campus. That Tuesday, Hanna tapped James Krause, a 21-year Bloomsburg veteran, for the post.
“He’s the perfect Bloomsburg citizen,” says the new president, who at the time had already spent weeks in informal meetings and discussions. Krause, well-known in the community, has an unflappable disposition and stellar experience in the classroom and as an administrator, including interim vice provost and dean of undergraduate education.
“Homework is always important. You measure three times and cut once,” says Hanna. “I’m joining an institution that has been here for 175 years and one that has experienced significant success. It’s my job to learn about that institution so I can recognize those successes and collaborate with our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to propel BU to greater heights.” •