As an undergraduate, Lee Idleman studied commerce and finance, played an active role in Kappa Delta Rho fraternity and was the manager of the Bucknell football team. Following graduation, he had a stint in the U.S. Army before rising through the ranks of the investment business, taking on increasingly more responsible positions with some of the leading firms in the nation, including Merrill Lynch, Dean Witter Reynolds, and Neuberger Berman.
As an alumnus, he has been a member of the Bison Club Executive Committee and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council. In 1980, he was elected to Bucknell's Board of Trustees. He chaired the Presidential Search Committee in 1984 and successfully enlisted Gary Sojka to serve as Bucknell's thirteenth president. Since 1990, he has been chair of the Board of Trustees, providing exemplary leadership and enormous energy to that challenging assignment.
His service to Bucknell has been complemented by a consistent and exceptional generosity. In 1986, he established the Idleman Family Scholarship providing much needed financial aid funds to support talented students who, without his help, would not have been able to attend Bucknell.