Awarded to an alumnus or alumna of the last 15 years whose professional accomplishments, service to alma mater, and/or selfless and caring work to benefit society are distinctive.
Barbara Black Leauber's connection to Bucknell University and Lewisburg started long before her undergraduate years. The daughter of Bill '67 and Karen (Lang) Black '67, she frequently visited campus during her childhood with her parents for various alumni events. Her brother, Jeff Black, is also a Bucknell alumnus from the Class of 1999. In the 15 years since receiving her bachelor of science in biology, Leauber has spent considerable time and passion in three key areas: community service, Bucknell volunteerism, and working as a physician assistant in pediatric nephrology at Geisinger Medical Center.
While at Bucknell, Leauber served on the Lectureship Committee and was involved with the Pre-Medical Society. She was a member of the Rooke Chapel Ringers and the Bucknell band, as well as Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Leauber learned much about the Lewisburg community during her undergraduate years by volunteering with the William Cameron Engine Company as an emergency medical technician.
Leauber has continued to dedicate a significant amount of time to service. After receiving her master's from Arcadia University in Philadelphia in 1998 as a physician assistant, she relocated back to Lewisburg to work at the Janet Weis Children's Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. Her career has focused on helping children suffering from kidney disease. Her role was pivotal to increasing access to nephrology care in this underserved and expansive rural area. Leauber has also provided internships and mentoring advice for Bucknell pre-physician assistant students. She broadened her reach to help kids overcome their illness with her involvement at Camp Kydnie, a week-long summer camp for children with kidney disease. She also sits on the board of directors of Spiffy-Kyds, Inc, a non-profit that supports camps for kids with kidney disease and a camp for kids with spina bifida.
For Bucknell, Leauber chaired her fifth year Reunion and is now currently chairing her 15th year Reunion. She is committed to mentoring and providing current students with a positive Greek experience. She has served as the Advisory Board Chairman of Kappa Alpha Theta since 1999 and as its Administrative District Director and College District President, responsible for advising 13 chapters across Pennsylvania and Ohio. She has been honored by the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council at Bucknell more than once as an outstanding advisor. She has served on the Committee of Greek Life and as part of the Alumni Greek Council. Leauber also remained committed to the Rooke Chapel Ringers as an active member and tour participant until 2006.
Over the years, Leauber has been instrumental in the growth and development of the newly-created National Collegiate EMS Foundation. Since moving back to Lewisburg, she has provided oversight and administrative support as a board member and secretary of the local fire and EMS department. Leauber also enjoys teaching the fire department's EMT class to Bucknell students.
Leauber resides in Lewisburg with her husband Steven, their son Joshua and daughter Brooke. Her energy and enthusiasm towards making a difference is something she lives every day and is truly admirable.