Integration News


Update on Northeastern Integration Planning

March 5, 2021

Plans for the proposed integration of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield universities, resulting in a new integrated university, continues to take shape as we look ahead to their consideration by the PASSHE Board of Governors. 

Academic Updates:

The goal of the Northeastern Academic Affairs team is to increase program options for students from high school dual-enrollment through associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. Leveraging the academic strengths of each university promises the growth potential to pursue emerging areas of student interest and develop career and degree pathways grounded in both student and workforce demand.

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Onward and Upward Together, Alumni Newsletter Feb. 5, 2021

Dear Huskies,

Onward and Upward is more than just our brand. It’s the foundation upon which our University was built and a commitment to lifting up our students and our region, propelling them toward success. That is why it is important to us that you know about the ongoing work toward the potential integration of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield Universities.

Integration gives us the opportunity to infuse the values of our brand into a re-imagined vision of higher education in our region. By combining the scale and support of the three institutions’ services, we can offer career pathways for our students that we could not create individually and build stronger institutions with an expanded capacity to serve an increasingly diverse student population.

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Dr. Bashar Hanna to be Lock Haven University's Interim President

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education today selected Dr. Bashar Hanna to serve as interim president of Lock Haven University, starting Feb. 5, 2021.

Hanna will continue to serve as president of Bloomsburg University, a position he’s held since 2017. And he has extensive experience with the State System, including time served at Kutztown University as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and interim provost from 2005 to 2009.

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Integration plans on track for Board consideration this spring

Integrating six universities into two entities would expand student opportunities, improve affordability.

Momentum is building toward successfully integrating multiple universities as a means of expanding student opportunities thanks to the work of more than 1,000 students, faculty, staff and volunteers, Chancellor Dan Greenstein told Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Board of Governors at its quarterly meeting Thursday.

Planning has involved 19 working groups and 216 subgroups thus far in the effort to integrate California, Clarion, and Edinboro universities in Western Pennsylvania and Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield universities in Northeastern Pennsylvania into two multi-campus institutions. The System is moving toward its next milestone – the presentation of implementation plans to the Board at its April meeting.

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Proposed partnership a chance to grow

By: John Wetzel, state secretary of corrections and member of the Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees.
(This op-ed originally appeared in the Press Enterprise and the Sunbury Daily Item, February 2021)

As Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections, I have seen first-hand how education can change the lives of individuals and impact their families for generations. It can take a person from a life behind bars to a life where he or she can be a successful, productive member of society. A college degree can and does make a positive difference in the life of the graduates and their families.

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PASSHE Northeast Integration Gains Momentum

The process to integrate Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield universities continues to gain support and momentum through three virtual meetings that took place in January. The State System’s Chancellor, Dan Greenstein, joined by university presidents Bashar Hanna (Bloomsburg), Robert Pignatello (Lock Haven), and Charles Patterson (Mansfield), gathered with more than 200 government, business, and community leaders to discuss the State System’s integration plan. The plan, set to be voted on in July, is focused on expanding learning opportunities and making college more affordable and accessible for students while maintaining university identity, traditions, and community connections.

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New Partnership to be Explored by Three PA State System Universities

A new partnership between Bloomsburg University, Lock Haven University, and Mansfield University has the potential to alter the face of higher education in eastern and north-central Pennsylvania for years to come.

As part of the ongoing system redesign plans within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (State System), the universities will explore opportunities to collaborate and build on their existing strengths, create greater efficiencies, and expand affordable, high-quality educational opportunities for students throughout the region and beyond.

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July 2020

As you may know, the Board of Governors in July authorized Chancellor Greenstein to review the financial impacts of potential integrations within the State System.

One of the pairings that was originally identified was an integration between Lock Haven and Mansfield. The initial financial analysis suggests that the addition of Bloomsburg to this pairing provides the needed support, stability, and scalability to increase the probability of success for the State System’s regional landscape.

With Lock Haven and Mansfield, and in partnership with the Office of the Chancellor, we will assess this potential integration. As we continue to collect the data, I want to emphasize that this is an ongoing process. Where the process ultimately leads will be driven by the analysis of the data and the potential for leveraging our strengths for the benefit of our students and their success.

Throughout this process, I look forward to working with you to expand our existing collaborations with Mansfield, and to include Lock Haven in these partnerships. I also look forward to capitalizing on the many talents of our faculty and staff, and assure you that our strong history of almost 200 years will continue to flourish. I am grateful to all of you that we are in such a position to explore potential partnerships. As the Chairperson of our Council of Trustees, the Honorable Mary Jane Bowes, notes, “the fact that the System would entertain the notion of Bloomsburg assisting other System institutions is itself an endorsement of the hard work of BU’s faculty and staff in situating the University amidst many unknowns.”

During the months ahead, we will continue discussions with the Office of the Chancellor, our Council of Trustees, our many stakeholders, as well as our colleagues at Lock Haven and Mansfield.

Bashar W. Hanna

President