William R. Gruver
Office: Taylor Hall 323
William R. Gruver is the Howard I. Scott Clinical Professor of Global Commerce, Strategy and Leadership at Bucknell University, where he teaches courses in investments, investment banking, strategy, international relations and leadership. He has received Bucknell's most prestigious teaching recognition – the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching. 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, 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.
Bill holds an MBA from Columbia University and an A.B. (with distinction) from Dartmouth College. He is honored to be listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the World and to be a member of the Council of Scholars of the Commonwealth Foundation. He remains active in finance and business as a board member of Hirtle, Callaghan & Co. (the original Outsourced Chief Investment Officer) and The Street (chairman of the compensation committee for a publicly traded publisher of financial and investment advice). His charitable activities include board memberships at Geisinger Health System, the Lymphoma Foundation, the Eagles Mere Historic Village and Eagles Mere Community Church. He is also a national arbitrator of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. His 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.