The Parents Association Board of Directors accomplishes its work through these six active committees.

The Career Advisory Committee

The Career Advisory Committee supports the Career Development Center’s mission to provide career advice and assistance to students to help them make thoughtful and informed career decisions and integrate career goals with their varied academic and life experiences. Committee members actively work with staff on the development and implementation of programs and services to creatively expand educational outreach, experiential learning and post-graduate opportunities in a wide range of career and professional industries.

Signature Initiatives: Boston and San Francisco Field Trips, Career Exploration Guides, and Parent Outreach

The Development Committee

The Development Committee supports the strategic mandate of the Office of Parents Fund and Family Programs to increase annual financial support and reduce Bucknell’s financial dependence on tuition. The Development Committee accomplishes this through its direct support of the Parents Fund. Committee members (and all parent board members) are asked to help lead this effort through their own personal leadership gifts of $2,500 or more to the Parents Fund. The Development Committee works closely with the staff to fine-tune the Parents Fund message, to brainstorm effective ways to reach out to parents and to make both welcome and thank you calls to parents.

Signature Initiatives: The Annual Parents Fund Goal and Strategizing Parent Involvement in the Capital Campaign.

The Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee assists the University, where appropriate, in its efforts to further diversify the Bucknell community, reflecting the many forms of diversity that characterize American society and an intercultural world. The committee assists the Office of Admissions to increase the number of student applicants and enrollees from populations currently under represented at the University, and devises long-term strategies to reflect Bucknell’s more comprehensive diversity objective as highlighted in The Plan for Bucknell. More importantly, the Committee ensures through a variety of working projects that the Bucknell environment displays inclusiveness and fosters a climate of mutual respect for all members of the Bucknell community.

Signature Initiatives: Diversity Council

The Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee focuses on strengthening Bucknell’s relationship with regional, national and global family constituencies. The committee participates in regional activities that include: Welcome Call Program, Bison Gatherings, Bucknell Club activities, and other University events. The committee works to provide input to the Office of Parents Fund and Family Programs and the Office of Communications to ensure timely and consistent messaging with all parents and families through various resources, such as publications and the Bucknell parent website.

Signature Initiatives: Welcome Call Program to first-year parents

The Student Life Committee

The Student Life Committee supports the Bucknell plan priority to enrich the residential learning experience. Enriching the learning experience inside and outside of the classroom is an essential means of promoting the personal growth and development of the students. The committee also addresses current issues of importance to students as citizens of the Bucknell community. The committee comments on new initiatives and policies that are being proposed by the University in the areas of the student life, culture programs, religious and spiritual life, etc.

Signature Initiatives: Issues Clearinghouse

The Town Relations Committee

The Town Relations Committee seeks to establish civic, academic, business and professional ties with the Lewisburg community. The committee works to extend the Bucknell experience beyond the physical campus by working with the community partnerships to create a safe and healthy off-campus environment for our students. Its priorities are to promote safe off-campus housing, develop and maintain the off-campus living website and to foster a positive working relationship between the university, students and with the Lewisburg officials and community representatives, downtown businesses and merchants, and landlords and property owners. Committee members take an active role in advancing the priorities of the committee and work jointly with the university’s administration to create a safe and mutually beneficial town and gown relationship.

Signature Initiatives: Off Campus Housing and Town Relations


Parents Board Application Process

  • Each year we accept applications from first-year and sophomore parents.
  • The next application period is July 1, 2015 - January 1, 2016 for the Board term beginning in April 2016.
  • Online applications are reviewed by the Membership Committee in February.
  • Parents are notified of their application outcome by March 2.
  • Approximately 80 parent applications are received annually.
  • Approximately 24 parent invitations are made to new members annually.
  • We are looking for energetic volunteers whose support could contribute significantly to the Parents Association Board of Directors, its mission, and The Plan For Bucknell.
  • If you have questions, please email:

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