Controversies Swirling Around BU President Make Headlines Across The State

Bloomsburg University President Bashar Hannah tells the Press-Enterprise that he has widespread support of the school’s board of trustees, faculty, and staff despite being embroiled in a number of controversies. Those controversies include sexual harassment charges being leveled by his female secretary only months into his tenure at BU; having a wrongful termination suit filed against him by the fired business school dean; and the disclosure that he was pushed out of two previous universities in Pennsylvania after being accused of mistreating employees, women in particular. Hanna tells the Press Enterprise he wasn’t pushed out of Kutztown or Delaware Valley for wrongdoing, but from conflicts among administrators that are not unusual in higher education. An investigation by state System of Higher Education has concluded that Hanna’s actions with his secretary were inappropriate, but not “sexual in nature.” The Press Enterprise has published a number of stories on the controversies swirling around Hanna and Friday the Philadelphia Inquirer published a long exposé on Hanna. The story has since been picked up by a number of other newspapers in other areas of the state.