Dr. Soltz's teaching career began in the fall of 1974 at California State University-Los Angeles as a faculty member in the Department of Biology. His success in teaching, curriculum development and research led to his promotion to full professor in 1982, and the following year he became chair of the department. In 1988 his career took him to the California State University-Long Beach campus, where he served first as chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, and in 1995-96 as the acting dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
In 1996 Dr. Soltz returned to California State University-Los Angeles, this time as the Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences. During his five years there he was responsible for 15 departments, over 200 faculty members and managed an operating budget of more than $20 million, before moving to Ellensburg, Washington and Central Washington University as their Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. At Central Washington he oversaw more than 90 academic programs, a budget of almost $92 million, and a faculty of over 450.
Dr. Soltz came to campus to interview for the position of
president on September 11 and 12, 2007. He stated his interest in the job
was due in no small part to Bloomsburg being recognized as one of the top
schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. He also felt
the beautiful campus was an asset in attracting students, and said as president
he would like to see more outreach with the community and would encourage
programs to allow young students in the geographic area to become more familiar
with what Bloomsburg had to offer them. On November 13 Dr. Soltz was named
the next President of Bloomsburg University, and he looked forward to his new
role. “I’m excited and honored to be named the next president of
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