Howard I. Scott Chair in Global Commerce, Strategy & Leadership

William R. Gruver holds the Howard I. Scott Chair in Global Commerce, Strategy and Leadership at Bucknell University, where he is a Professor of Management Practice. He also has earned Bucknell's Lindback Award for distinguished teaching and the ECAC Award for contributions to Division I intercollegiate athletics. His scholarship has been published by (among others) The Association of Governing Boards (AGB), Cornell University's Johnson School, Directorship Magazine, The Financial Times, Finanz und Wirtschaft, the Holocaust Centre (Beth Shalom), The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Patriot-News, Physician Executive, Public Radio International and Stanford University.

Before joining the Bucknell faculty in 1993, Bill was a general partner at Goldman Sachs, where he was the Chief Operating Officer of the firm's largest division (Equities). During his years at Goldman, he led the division's re-organization after the 1987 market crash, returning the division to its most profitable years. In addition to his focus on the bottom line, through his leadership the division expanded geographically — in Asia (Singapore) and Europe (Frankfurt) — and diversified by appointing the first woman to lead a regional office and by opening an emergency day care center at its home office.

Educational Background

  • M.B.A., Columbia University
  • A.B. (with distinction), Dartmouth College

Teaching Interests

  • Capital Markets
  • International Relations
  • Investments
  • Leadership
  • Strategy

Professional Memberships, Distictionsn & Charitable Activities

  • Listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the World
  • Member: Council of Scholars of the Commonwealth Foundation
  • Board member of Hirtle, Callaghan & Co
  • Consultant for businesses in America, Asia and Europe
  • Board memberships at Geisinger Health System, the Lymphoma Foundation, the Eagles Mere Historic Village and Eagles Mere Community Church
  • National arbitrator of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Past responsibilities include: serving as a qualified officer of the deck on a nuclear submarine in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, three terms as Mayor of Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, trustee and member of the executive committee at Berea College, president of the Eagles Mere Foundation, founder of Bucknell Harvest (a volunteer group that now runs a soup kitchen), founding faculty member of Bucknell's Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management, former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Woodbridge (NJ) Developmental Center and a member of the board of Cornell University's Park Leadership Program.

Selected Publications


  • The Association of Governing Boards (AGB)
  • Cornell University's  Johnson School
  • Directorship Magazine
  • The Financial Times
  • Finanz und Wirtschaft
  • The Holocaust Centre (Beth Shalom)
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • The New Republic
  • The New York Times
  • The Patriot-News
  • Physician Executive
  • Public Radio International
  • Stanford University

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