Eric L. Allgaier, Class of 1982, graduated with a B.S. in Biology. While a student, Eric ran indoor and outdoor track all four years, was a member of the Bucknell Outing Club and a member of the Bucknell Volunteer Services group, and participated in the Annual Fund Student Calling program. After graduation, he went on to earn an M.S.in Environmental Science from GeorgeWashington University in 1987 while working full time. Eric pursued a career in Environmental, Health and Safety, rising to his current position as Group Manager with Sprint Nextel. In that role, he supervises 15 environmental, health & safety professionals who are responsible for the daily work conditions, safety & health of 60,000 Sprint Nextel employees. Eric was recently elected to the prestigious position of Chair of the National Telecommunications Safety Panel.
Eric has remained actively connected to Bucknell for nearly all of his 25 years since graduation. He started as an Alumni Admissions Representative for the Washington DC Region, and became the DC Regional Alumni Admissions Chair in 1985. He has served in that capacity for 22 years. Eric rejuvenated the Bucknell Club of Washington, DC, by being a spark for new ideas and programs that attracted alumni to become active members. He elevated the DC Alumni Club to one of the most vibrant Alumni Clubs in the country, serving as its VP and President for 10 years. He realized that it would be helpful to the other 35 Alumni Clubs around the country to share the DC Club's experiences as to what was successful and what was not. This led to the foundation of the "Council of Club Presidents" and Eric became its first chair in 1997.
The special ingredient that Eric brought to achieve these successes was his "micro magic". He would personally contact un-involved alumni in his area and urge them to come to a club event, even just to spend a few minutes with other alumni. Those few minutes became many minutes and resulted in full involvement and in many cases led to leadership roles in the DC Club and at the University level. In April 1996, Gail Dobert '84, an active member of the DC Club, tragically lost her life in the plane crash that also took the life of Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown. Eric decided it would be fitting to honor her by creating an endowed Bucknell scholarship. Again with his micro approach Eric led an unprecedented fundraising effort and without a single major donor, raised funds for this scholarship that is currently valued at over $300,000.
Eric is currently a member of the Bucknell Alumni Association Board of Directors and Chair of its Admissions Committee, member of the Bison Club Advisory Board of Directors, Chair of Alumni Admissions for the Washington DC area, and has served on his Reunion gift and program committees. Eric has also been involved with Bucknell Alumni teams in the annual "Reach the Beach" 200-mile relay charitable fundraiser. In his community, he volunteers at his daughters' school, and has been a top fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Eric met his wife Beth '85, at an alumni volunteer leadership meeting on campus after they graduated and together they have raised two daughters, Kit and Kristin, who frequently can be seen wearing orange & blue, and who they hope will become active Bucknell alumni.
It is with great pleasure that The Bucknell Alumni Association honors Eric Allgaier with its Loyalty to Bucknell Award.