LEWISBURG, Pa. — Samuel T. Lundquist, assistant vice president for development and campaign initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, has been named vice president for development and alumni relations at Bucknell University. The appointment, effective Sept. 1, follows a comprehensive national search.

"I am extremely pleased that Sam Lundquist will be joining us at Bucknell," said Bucknell University President Brian C. Mitchell. "He has a wealth of leadership experience in major capital campaigns of national scope.

"Sam’s extensive career — from liberal arts institutions to major research universities — reflects a commanding knowledge of university life and will dramatically enhance the strengths of Bucknell, particularly as we look toward the largest comprehensive campaign in our history. We warmly welcome Sam back to the Bucknell family," said Mitchell.

Reporting directly to the president, the vice president for development and alumni relations oversees all fundraising for the university and directs the university’s relations with Bucknell parents and alumni. The university is in the planning stages for a major comprehensive campaign.

"Bucknell has a well-established reputation as one of America’s finest universities, and I look forward to returning as a member of the senior management team," said Lundquist. "I am particularly excited by the prospect of helping to build the support necessary to fulfill The Plan for Bucknell and realize the university’s extraordinary potential."

The Plan for Bucknell, the university’s recently established strategic plan, calls for Bucknell "to provide the premier undergraduate experience in American higher education."

Lundquist’s affiliation with Bucknell began in 1981, when he joined the admissions staff, where he served for four years. In 1985, he joined the University of Pennsylvania as the Wharton School’s assistant director of MBA admissions. He served as associate director for a year before becoming director of MBA admissions at the Tuck School of Dartmouth College.

He returned to the Wharton School as director of MBA admissions and financial aid from 1992 to 1996, then served as chief of staff with the dean’s office from 1996 to 1999. He was managing director of administration in the school’s graduate division for a year before being named assistant vice president for development in 2000.

In 2005 Lundquist was named Penn’s assistant vice president for development and campaign initiatives, with responsibilities for campaign planning in all major aspects of fundraising and alumni relations as well as oversight of the corporate and foundation relations program. In this expanded role, he has planned the university’s upcoming multibillion dollar fundraising campaign.

Lundquist graduated from Denison University and the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program. He is a board member of the Keystone Mountain Park Trust in Muncy Valley, and the Wynnewood Civic Association.

Story posted July 6, 2006 

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