LEWISBURG, Pa. — William R. Gruver has been named Bucknell University's first Howard I. Scott Clinical Professor of Global Commerce, Strategy and Leadership, President Brian C. Mitchell announced today. The endowed position provides instructional, scholarship and mentoring support for Bucknell students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and the School of Management.
"Professor Gruver has distinguished himself as an educator both in and outside of the classroom," said Mitchell. "He has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to the University as a teacher and advisor, and he has earned great respect from students. His prolific writing and commentary have established him as a national expert in the investment field. This position recognizes the valuable impact his work continues to have on Bucknell's educational mission."
The endowed clinical professorship, which is awarded in three-year renewable terms, is funded through the Howard I. Scott Endowment for the purpose of faculty support in the study of free enterprise. Gruver will teach management and international relations courses, as well as support the new core curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, he will continue to serve as a valuable resource to Bucknell alumni and students through his work with alumni relations and on-campus advising.
"Professor Gruver is a widely respected educator who brings a wealth of real-world experience into the classroom," said Provost Mick Smyer. "Perhaps more important, his expertise bridges disciplines and encourages students to consider global issues from different perspectives. His interdisciplinary approach to learning is well-suited to Bucknell's liberal arts curriculum. As the Scott clinical professor, he will continue to be a valuable resource for the Bucknell community."
Former executive Gruver joined the Management Department in 1993, when he retired as a general partner after a 20-year career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., the international investment banking firm. An inaugural core faculty member of Bucknell's Institute of Leadership in Technology and Management program, he currently teaches courses in investments, investment banking, strategy, international relations and leadership. In 2009 he received the University's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Gruver's opinions and articles have been published in The Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The New Republic, and heard on Public Radio International.
The Howard I. Scott Endowment was established through the estate of Howard I. Scott, Class of '39, who died in 1986. The endowment has traditionally funded a tenure track position, the Howard I. Scott Chair in Management, which will be filled in the coming year. The endowment will now also fund a non-tenure track counterpart, the Howard I. Scott Clinical Professor of Global Commerce, Strategy and Leadership.
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