Annual gifts designated to the President’s Fund support new teaching, research and multi-disciplinary projects that promise to have a direct impact on the University’s mission in strategic areas. They turn belief into action in an immediate way. A recent $1 million challenge gift from an anonymous donor will help this fund swiftly begin to address some of Bucknell’s most urgent institutional needs.
Campaign co-chair William Morrow '70, and his wife, Madeline, committed $6 million toward the University's strategic priorities, including Academic West.
The College of Engineering recently opened the Richard J. Mooney Innovative Design Laboratory, a workspace in which engineering students and faculty can bring their designs and ideas to life. The facility is the gift of Pam Mooney and family in honor of her late husband, Dick Mooney ‘60.
Some two-dozen Bucknell students have attended Bucknell through the Sampson Family Scholarship Endowment. Now, thanks to an additional $5 million commitment from Ben Sampson ’69, P’96, even more talented young people will benefit from the program, begun more than two decades ago with his late brother, Myles Sampson ’67.
When donors make gift designations, they turn their passions into lasting influence and ideas into reality, in the fullest spirit of We Do. Trustee David Ekedahl '56 P'79 and his wife, Patricia Ekedahl P'79, supported their interest in environmental issues by establishing an endowed professorship.
The late Robert L. Rooke, a longtime trustee who graduated in 1913, and his descendants have made the Rooke family among the most significant contributors to Bucknell across its history.
Trustee Steve Holmes ’79, P’06, P’08 didn’t hesitate when President John Bravman asked him to chair the campaign. Giving to Bucknell—and communicating that need to others—is personal for Holmes and his wife, Bonnie Bencsko Holmes ’79, whose three children attended Bucknell.
Leanne Freas Trout ’50 made a special gift in memory of her late husband, David Trout ’50, who was an emeritus trustee. The David Morton and Leanne Freas Trout Professorship of French and Francophone Studies is the first endowed faculty position funded through the comprehensive campaign.
Trustee Bill Graham ‘62, whose $5.6 million gift was the major impetus behind the recent restoration of wrestling to varsity status, is passionate about the role the sport of wrestling played in his undergraduate education.
Ken Freeman ‘72, chairman of the Board of Trustees, made a significant gift to Bucknell’s School of Management with his wife, Janice. It comes at a crucial time, as the school – one of the campaign’s six academic initiatives – seeks accreditation.
The late Ellen Peterson Williams '19, a retired music teacher, bequeathed $4 million to the music department. Her gift endowed two professorships and a related research fund, plus two merit scholarships.