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CWU Provost Accepts Position as New President of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

November 13, 2007

ELLENSBURG, Wash.--Dr. David L. Soltz, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Central Washington University, has been selected to serve as the new president of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Soltz will start in his new role January 7, 2008. He has been at Central since 2001.

"Im excited and honored to be named the next president of Bloomsburg University," said Dr. Soltz. "Im impressed with the outstanding faculty and students at the university, as well as its beautiful campus. I look forward to leading this fine institution to a higher level of excellence, and my wife and I are looking forward to joining the Bloomsburg community."

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Educations (PASSHE) Board of Governors made the selection today at the conclusion of a national search. Soltz will replace Dr. Jessica S. Kozloff, who has served as the Universitys president since July 1992. She will retire at the end of the year

"Dr. Soltz will bring to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania a distinguished record as both an educator and administrator," said Board of Governors Chairman Kenneth M. Jarin. "He is an excellent choice to lead Bloomsburg into the future."

Dr. Soltz is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and the Ecological Society of America. He has made numerous presentations at regional and national conferences and has published a large number of articles on a variety of subjects related to conservation and the environment. He once played the role of Mathew Brady (based on William Jennings Bryan) in the courtroom scene from "Inherit the Wind" as part of Central Washington Universitys Darwin Week Program.

Before coming to Central, Dr. Soltz served as dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences at California State University at Los Angeles for five years. He began his academic career there in 1974 as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. Soltz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Soltz is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Kittitas County and serves on the Strategic Planning Task Force of Kittitas Valley Community Hospital.

Founded in 1839, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania enrolls approximately 7,900 students, including about 800 graduate students. It offers 67 undergraduate and 19 graduate degree programs and employs about 412 full- and part-time faculty.

CWU President Jerilyn S. McIntyre comments, "This is a wonderful opportunity for Dave, and we're all happy for him. CWU has benefited from his leadership of its academic affairs division and from his representation of Central's position to state government bodies. Much as we will miss him here at CWU, we recognize that this is the next step in his career and we wish him well."

Anticipating that Provost Soltz would be selected for the position, President McIntyre has already begun to formulate a search committee to conduct an internal search for his replacement. The committee membership and position announcement will be announced shortly.

Contact: David Soltz, CWU Provost & Senior VP Academic Affairs, 509-963-1401, Teri Olin, CWU Public Relations & Marketing, 509-963-1416,

Central Washington University is a master's degree-granting institution with approximately 10,000 students and 1,500 faculty and staff. More than 160 undergraduate and master's degrees are offered. Founded in 1891, the Ellensburg campus is located in the heart of Washington State, nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River. Since 1975, CWU has served the needs of placebound students at six university centers throughout the state. CWU is an AA/EEO Title IX Institution.

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