July 01, 2015

Former Schramm CEO and Retired BU Administrator Join BUF Board

Jack Mulka ’66, long-time BU administrator and faculty member, and Ed Breiner ’77, retired CEO, Schramm Inc. have joined the Bloomsburg University Foundation Board of Directors. The two veteran BU volunteers have been generous supporters of the university with both time and funding, and now hope to help guide BU through the upcoming campaign.

Jack graduated with a BS in Elementary Education, then pursued a MEd in Student Personnel at Ohio University. He began his professional career as Assistant Dean of Men at Clarion University. In 1968, he returned to BU as Director of Student Activities and soon thereafter, helped in the planning and design of the Kehr Union. Upon its completion, he became its first director. Jack went on to earn a DEd in Higher Education at Penn State. He held subsequent roles as Dean of Student Development, Dean of Academic Support Services and Special Assistant for University Advancements (Major Gifts), before retiring from BU in 2002. 

To say that Jack gives generously of his time would be an understatement. In addition to serving on the BUF board, he has served as both a board member and president of the BU Alumni Association, as well as a board member of Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, Bloomsburg Chapter/American Red Cross, Columbia-Montour Tourist Promotion Agency, Columbia-Montour Area Agency on Aging, and Elk Lake Development Association.  In addition to board service, Jack served as co-chair of Columbia County United Way Campaign, a member of 3 APSCUF Statewide Negotiation Teams, senior warden of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and president of Bloomsburg University's APSCURF (retired faculty association).

“Helping others, as I was helped by caring mentors and role models, is a way for me to give thanks,” says Jack. “I also assisted with BU's previous comprehensive campaign and hopefully my experiences and associations with my fellow alumni and various community organizations will be helpful to the upcoming campaign.”

For his service, Jack was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus by the Bloomsburg University Alumni Association, the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Bloomsburg University and the Outstanding Service Award from Columbia County United Way.

Jack lives in Bloomsburg and remains committed to the BU Foundation and university. “Kathy, my wife of nearly 50 years, and I are married to BU.  We met and dated there and worked professionally for several decades at our beloved alma mater.  Between our two families, we have had over 20 relatives graduate from BU and three who are currently matriculating there.”

He says focus on the campaign is first and foremost for the BUF Board in the coming year. “We have an opportunity to make a wonderful comprehensive university even better by offering more promising students scholarships and providing research grants to faculty and students so as to ultimately improve the lives of others.”

Ed Breiner ’77 graduated with a BS in accounting from Bloomsburg University, and earned an MBA from the University of Dallas. He began his career as a cost accountant at Ingersoll Rand and worked in several states and in various roles over his 22 years with the company. He finished his career at Ingersoll-Rand as vice president and branch manager of a sales and service facility in Harrisburg. Ed then joined Schramm, Inc., a global design and manufacturer of mobile rotary drilling equipment used in oil and gas, mining, construction and water infrastructure in 2000, as vice president of sales and marketing. By the time he retired in 2014, he was CEO. 

“My BU education opened doors for me both personally and professionally,” says Ed. “My hope is that through participation with the Foundation I can do the same for others. The university has great forward momentum and the goal for all of us is to accelerate that momentum.” 

Ed remains active as a director on the board of Schramm, Inc., as well as the boards of Major Drilling International, Inc. Chester County Economic Development Corp., South Eastern Economic Development Company and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia. 

In addition to his professional responsibilities, he is also busy volunteering in the community near his home in West Chester. He currently serves as president of the West Chester Food Cupboard, and previously served as president of the American Ground Water Trust, as a member of the National Academies Committee to study the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and as Chester County Food Bank Director.

Ed and his wife Julie, also a member of the BU Class of 1977, live in West Chester, Pa. Longstanding donors, the couple is committed to supporting the university’s mission of providing students with access to a high quality BU education. Their most recent gift establishes the first endowed professorship at BU, supporting either a new senior faculty position or recognizes a current senior faculty member within the Department of Nursing.

Ed and Jack began serving on the BUF Board this summer. In addition to attending quarterly meetings, both will serve on various committees. 
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