Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.

Lundvall

Bruce Lundvall, Class of 1957, graduated with a BS in Commerce and Finance.  He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and ran a jazz show on WVBU.  After graduation and one year working in advertising he was drafted into the US Army where he served for 2 years in counter intelligence based in Germany.

Upon being honorably discharged in 1960 he began his long and successful career of forty seven years and still spinning, in the music recording industry by joining Columbia Records division of CBS.  During the ensuing 22 years at Columbia Records he developed their jazz genre to one of the greatest of its time as he rose thru the ranks from VP of Marketing, to VP & General Manager, and to President of Columbia Records US Division.

In 1982 Bruce left CBS Records to become the President of Elektra, a Warner Brothers label, and there started the jazz label "Elektra Musician".  In July of 1984 he became the President of EMI Music, Jazz & Classics, U.S.  There he revived  the legendary "Blue Note Jazz" label, created a new pop label called "Manhattan" and he added  the "Narda" group of labels to create the first full scale adult music division in the industry which includes jazz, classical, Broadway musicals, adult pop music, and world music. He is the CEO of EMI/ Blue Note today.

During his career, Bruce has signed a great number of artists with varying musical styles, many of whom have become highly successful.  Some names include Norah Jones, Al Green, Anita Baker, Phoebe Snow, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Dexter Gordon. Bobby McFerrin, Dianna Reeves, and Richard Marx.

During these forty seven years Bruce also gave prodigious service and leadership to the music recording industry itself.  He served as Chairman of the Board and founding member of the Jazz Alliance International; Chairman of Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); Chairman of the Country Music Association,  and Director of the National Association of Recording Artists and Science.  In 1996 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Foundation of America and the Russ Sanjek Award for major contributions to recording art.  He has also received three Grammy nominations and a NARM Presidential Award.  In 2005 he was named Music Personality of the Year by Midem at its annual Cannes music fair.  He received an Honorary "Doctorate of Humane Letters" from Skidmore College in 2004 and in 1997 he received the Bucknell Arts Association Award.

As to community service, he is Chairman of the T J Martel Cancer Research Foundation, Member of the Boards of the Caron Foundation, and  of  William Patterson University.

Bruce Lundvall, Class of 1957, graduated with a BS in Commerce and Finance.  He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and ran a jazz show on WVBU.  After graduation and one year working in advertising he was drafted into the US Army where he served for 2 years in counter intelligence based in Germany.

Upon being honorably discharged in 1960 he began his long and successful career of forty seven years and still spinning, in the music recording industry by joining Columbia Records division of CBS.  During the ensuing 22 years at Columbia Records he developed their jazz genre to one of the greatest of its time as he rose thru the ranks from VP of Marketing, to VP & General Manager, and to President of Columbia Records US Division.

In 1982 Bruce left CBS Records to become the President of Elektra, a Warner Brothers label, and there started the jazz label "Elektra Musician".  In July of 1984 he became the President of EMI Music, Jazz & Classics, U.S.  There he revived  the legendary "Blue Note Jazz" label, created a new pop label called "Manhattan" and he added  the "Narda" group of labels to create the first full scale adult music division in the industry which includes jazz, classical, Broadway musicals, adult pop music, and world music. He is the CEO of EMI/ Blue Note today.
During his career, Bruce has signed a great number of artists with varying musical styles, many of whom have become highly successful.  Some names include Norah Jones, Al Green, Anita Baker, Phoebe Snow, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Dexter Gordon. Bobby McFerrin, Dianna Reeves, and Richard Marx.

During these forty seven years Bruce also gave prodigious service and leadership to the music recording industry itself.  He served as Chairman of the Board and founding member of the Jazz Alliance International; Chairman of Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); Chairman of the Country Music Association,  and Director of the National Association of Recording Artists and Science.  In 1996 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Foundation of America and the Russ Sanjek Award for major contributions to recording art.  He has also received three Grammy nominations and a NARM Presidential Award.  In 2005 he was named Music Personality of the Year by Midem at its annual Cannes music fair.  He received an Honorary "Doctorate of Humane Letters" from Skidmore College in 2004 and in 1997 he received the Bucknell Arts Association Award.

As to community service, he is Chairman of the T J Martel Cancer Research Foundation, Member of the Boards of the Caron Foundation, and  of  William Patterson University.

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