The Presidents Dinner

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023

President John Bravman speaks at The 2022 Presidents Dinner at the National Press Club

Photo by: Emily Paine

Bucknell University annually hosts The Presidents Dinner, an on-the-record conversation between members of the national news media who cover higher education and more than 10 leaders of prestigious colleges and universities. Bucknell President John Bravman serves as the event's host and moderates the discussion.

In partnership with the RW Jones Agency, a national firm focused on media relations in higher education, the 2022 Presidents Dinner was held on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022.

The next Presidents Dinner will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023.

Media Coverage Resulting From the Event

The conversation has yielded numerous media placements for Bucknell and attending institutions. Below includes several of the highlights over the past few years.


  • Presidents and other officials from five institutions who participated in The Presidents Dinner, including Bucknell's John Bravman, were featured in an article by David Tobenkin for Trusteeship Magazine. “Pandemic Leadership: Lessons Learned at Six Institutions” was published in June 2022.
  • Presidents who participated in The Presidents Dinner, including Bucknell's John Bravman, were featured in an article by Hilary Burns for The Business Journals. “Are 'best' rankings detrimental to the US higher-ed system” was published Sept. 16, 2021.
  • The Presidents Dinner and participating presidents were included in this brief by Jessica Calefati for Politico, published Sept. 13, 2021.
  • Jack Stripling of The Chronicle of Higher Education tweeted about The Presidents Dinner and posted a photo of how many of the participating presidents' schools had mandated COVID-19 vaccines on the evening of the dinner, Sept. 10.



Additional Dinner Coverage Not Specific to Bucknell:

Participating Leaders and Institutions

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