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President David L. Soltz
President David L. Soltz
David L. Soltz, Ph.D., became Bloomsburg University’s 18th president in January 2008 after serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Central Washington University. Soltz announced in September he plans to retire after the end of this academic year on June 30, 2017.
"Dr. David Soltz’s leadership over the past nine years has produced significant accomplishments for Bloomsburg University, including the development and implementation of our strategic plan, Impact 2015, now extended to 2017; the successful It’s Personal capital campaign, which has exceeded its $50 million goal; new or renovated facilities, as outlined in the campus master facilities plan; and numerous innovative academic programs. In addition, Dr. Soltz has worked tirelessly to maintain the financial stability of Bloomsburg University in these challenging budgetary times," — Patrick Wilson, Chair, Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees. Presidential Search
Since arriving at Bloomsburg, Soltz has concentrated on fiscal stability and sustainability, and building programs and infrastructure for today’s students and those who will follow. The university’s strategic plan, Impact 2015: Building on the Past, Leading for the Future, was developed under his leadership and introduced in fall 2010. This dynamic and successful strategic plan has been recently revised and extended to become Impact 2017. A new general education, MyCore, is outcomes based and designed to enhance learning opportunities for all students and to prepare them for personal and professional success in an increasingly complex global environment. Under his leadership the university is nearing the successful completion of the first major fundraising campaign: It’s Personal: The Campaign for Bloomsburg University.
A strong advocate for high-quality, affordable, public education, Soltz appeared before the state legislature in support of adequate funding for BU and the entire Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. His belief in the importance of international education has revitalized Bloomsburg’s articulation agreement as a dual degree program with the Moscow Finance University and initiated agreements with institutions in other countries, including Cameroon, China and Poland. He delivered the keynote address at the 2010 Global Awareness Society International conference in Poland.
Soltz provided leadership in developing the Campus Facilities Master Plan that was approved in 2013. He has overseen additions and renovations to buildings including Haas Center for the Arts, Bakeless Center, Hartline Science Center, Nelson Field House, Sutliff Hall and Columbia and Elwell residence halls, as well as a number of projects to reduce energy consumption. A second new residence hall complex is now under construction.
He is actively engaged in service and leadership in higher education as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and vice-chair of the AASCU Policies and Purposes Committee. He serves frequently as the leader of an accreditation site visit team for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Soltz also serves as Chair of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
His goals as Bloomsburg’s president grew from his broad and deep higher education background as provost and chief academic officer at Central Washington University, dean of natural and social sciences at California State University at Los Angeles and chair of the department of biological sciences at California State University, Long Beach. As a faculty member, Soltz taught courses ranging from freshman seminar and general biology for non-majors to graduate seminars on ecology, ichthyology and evolutionary biology.
Soltz earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctoral degree in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on environmental biology and the population biology of fishes living in stressful environments, such as high temperature and high salinity. He has written one book, a symposium volume and numerous journal articles and environmental reports.
Active in the local community and the region, Soltz serves on the Geisinger Health System Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors of DRIVE, a new regional economic development non-governmental organization. The president enjoys hiking and fly fishing in his leisure time and, with his wife, Robbie, rides and raises quarter horses. The Soltz’s have three children and seven grandchildren.