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Dr. Bashar Hanna named LHU interim president

Dr. Bashar Hanna

LOCK HAVEN­ – Dr. Bashar Hanna has been selected to serve as interim president of Lock Haven University, starting today.

Hanna succeeds President Robert Pignatello, who is joining the Office of the Chancellor as senior advisor for integration strategy, focusing on workforce development and short-term credentials.

“I am humbled to have been selected as Interim President of Lock Haven University by the State System’s Board of Governors,” Hanna said. “They have put their faith in me to lead Lock Haven into the future. With student success as our guiding light, we will continue to fulfill the university’s mission. Now more than ever, our region’s students need access to an exemplary, affordable education. The work we are doing together to support the northeast integration will expand access to LHU’s premier academic programs for students across the Commonwealth and beyond.”

Hanna will continue to serve as president of Bloomsburg University, a position he’s held since 2017. 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.

Hanna also leads the team overseeing the proposed integration of three universities ­ Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield ­ into a single accredited entity with three distinct campuses.

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