Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
The president of Ramapo College in New Jersey, Bob Scott studied English at Bucknell. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, the Christian Association, and president of the Class of 1961.
From 1965-67, he served Bucknell as a member of the university's Admissions staff. He also has worked at Cornell University in a number of critical administrative capacities, starting as an assistant dean and ending as a senior administrator and faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences.
In 1979, he was appointed director of academic affairs for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. In that post, he was responsible for the coordination of statewide strategic planning for both public and private institutions of higher education within the state of Indiana. In recognition of his superior performance, he was awarded the "Sagamore of the Wabash," the state of Indiana's award for distinguished achievements.
In 1985, he was named president of Ramapo College, an institution that has flourished under his leadership. Over the last five years, full-time enrollment has grown by 32 percent, minority student enrollment has increased by 60 percent, annual contributions to the college's foundation has quadrupled, and the college has been recognized nationally for its quality and innovation.
He also has served on numerous corporate boards, authored more than 100 publications, and remained active in a host of professional and civic organizations.