Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose service, dedication and commitment to alma mater are extraordinary.
This year the "Loyalty to Bucknell Award" goes to a married couple, John J. Nesbitt III and Sandra Lyttle Nesbitt. Both John and Sandy have been very active as Bucknell volunteers over the past 50 years and have served as members and leaders of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and various Bucknell Campaign Committees. John served as Alumni Corporation Board President of Bucknell Sigma Phi Epsilon. Sandy was a member of the Bucknell University Association for the Arts. They live in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, and enjoy horses, sailing, travel, history, and fine art.
Professionally, John was an organizer, founder and director of Christiana Bank and Trust Company, which opened in Greenville, Delaware, in 1993. He also served as Chairman of the Bank's Audit Committee, and prior to that was a Senior Vice-President and the Bank's Chief Administrative Officer and Bank Investment Officer. He served as a member of the WSFS Christiana Trust, Trust Advisory Board 2011-13. His previous banking experience, going back to 1970, was in Philadelphia where he was an officer with Provident National Bank and Corporation (now part of PNC Bank) and First Pennsylvania Bank and Corporation (now part of Wells Fargo Bank). While with First Pennsylvania, he served as President of First Pennsylvania's Atlanta-based subsidiary, Computech Financial Systems and Services.
John was also a Military Intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He served with the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he was a Captain, and received the Department of Defense Joint Service Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. He is a member of the Defense Intel Alumni Association. In addition to his B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science from Bucknell, he studied law at the University of Virginia and has an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Sandy has been involved in a variety of leadership roles in the educational, historical and arts communities of Philadelphia. She has served as President of the Alliance Francaise, Episcopal Academy Parents Association, Main Line Committee for The Philadelphia Orchestra, and her investment group at The Acorn Club. She has chaired events for The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Franklin Institute, and The Philadelphia Antiques Show. She is a board member of the Chester County Historical Society and an active member of the Antiques Study Group, the Gardeners Garden Club, and the Women's Committee of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
John and Sandy live on Stoney Creek Farm, a horse farm in eastern Chester County, Pennsylvania, on land that they have placed under conservation easement with the Brandywine Conservancy, and that is included within the Willistown Conservation Trust's historic Okehocking Preserve. They both serve as board members of the Radnor Hunt Races which benefits the Brandywine Conservancy and the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair which benefits the Bryn Mawr Hospital. They are members of the Radnor Hunt, Philadelphia Club, Acorn Club, Merion Cricket Club and the Miles River Yacht Club. John and Sandy have two children, Sharon and Julie, and one grandson, Evan, who is 3. Sharon graduated from Bucknell with a B.A. in Psychology in 1994.