President Brian C. Mitchell

LEWISBURG, Pa. — In the State of the University address, Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell underscored the University's goal of delivering the premier undergraduate experience in American higher education.

Speaking during Parents Weekend Saturday, Oct. 28, Mitchell said that "our challenge is to catalyze our strengths and, by making them our focus, move ahead rapidly. Pursuing bold ambitions is our only choice." ||  Complete text.

Bucknell's 16th president told a standing-room only audience at the Elaine Langone Center's Forum that the University must offer an academic program that is challenging and distinctive with the capacity to prepare its graduates for successful personal, professional, and civic lives in the 21st century.

With that, he said, the University must offer a residential living experience and co-curricular activities that support the academic program.

Position of pre-eminence
"In this integrated environment for student learning and growth - enhanced by diversity - we will have to build connections to a global society," said Mitchell. "If we do so, we will emerge from a place of strength to a position of pre-eminence within American higher education."

He highlighted the five priorities from The Plan for Bucknell, which was approved earlier this year:

  • Strengthening the academic core
  • Deepening the residential learning experience
  • Enhancing diversity in all its forms
  • Building bridges from the University to the world and the world to Bucknell
  • Securing the University's financial future

Simple truth
Mitchell told the audience of parents and students that Bucknell's students are "among the finest students in America. At Bucknell, when we say that, we are not bragging. We are stating the simple truth."

For the Class of 2010, he noted, offers of admission were extended to just 33 percent of those who applied, placing Bucknell among just 6 percent of America's 3,000 colleges and universities offering admission to less than 40 percent of their applicant pools.

Mitchell also highlighted the 52,000 hours of community services in which Bucknell students were engaged in last year as well as ongoing efforts by the Bucknell Brigade in Nicaragua and the award-winning Bucknell Hurricane Katrina Relief Team.

"Today, I want to say to you that, as good as Bucknell is and has been, we are determined that tomorrow Bucknell can and will be even stronger."

Posted Oct. 28, 2006

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