Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
Majoring in history at Bucknell, Susan Crawford was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and student government. Her undergraduate service on the Women's Judiciary Board gave only a hint of what was to come. After graduating cum laude from the New England School of Law in 1977, she worked for a time as a private attorney and later served as Assistant State's Attorney for Garrett County, Maryland. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Army, she was the first woman to hold that position, which involved the direction of 2,200 attorneys employed by the U.S. Army and carried a protocol rank equivalent to that of a four-star general. In 1968, she was promoted to the position of Inspector General within the Defense Department. Her heavy responsibilities as the highest-ranking woman in the Defense Department have not kept her from active participation in civic affairs, as a member of the Maryland Forestry Advisory Commission and the Garrett County Board of Zoning Appeals. At Bucknell, she serves on the Board of Trustees and has returned to campus on a number of occasions to serve as a panelist or guest speaker.