Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose service, dedication and commitment to alma mater are extraordinary.
Ben Elliott's loyalty and service to Bucknell is recognized by both his peers and the University. In addition to being named a Trustee Emeritus in 2014, Ben has served Bucknell in many capacities over the years — with longstanding roles on the Alumni Association and Bison Club Board of Directors, as well as volunteer roles with reunion, alumni admissions, Career Development Center and the Annual Fund.
Ben's career led him from the CBS newsroom to the White House as the director of speechwriting for President Reagan from 1981 to 1986. He is currently the managing director of communications at Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he held roles at IBM Corporation, Goldman Sachs, and the New York Stock Exchange. Ben organized the nationally televised debate on the 1996 elections broadcast live over PBS from the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.
Ben graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1966. While attending Bucknell, he played football as starting safety on the 1964 Lambert Cup team and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He is married to Troy Lynn Elliott and has five children, three of whom share in his Bucknell experience as fellow graduates: Meredith '00, Thomas '03 and Grace '16.