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On Feb. 5, 1846, Pennsylvania's governor signed the charter for a new literary and theological institution in Lewisburg. The charter described a primary school, academy and college called the University at Lewisburg — a dream conceived by a group of aspirational Baptists and quickly developed by a passionate college professor. When a financial crisis threatened to shutter the University 35 years later, a generous endowment from trustee William Bucknell ensured the institution would open doors to education for years to come.
For 175 years, the story of Bucknell University has been one of dynamic liberal arts teaching, leading innovation and world-changing discovery. It's a story that's still being written today by the thousands of students, faculty and alumni who continue to break new ground in the sciences, arts, business, engineering and beyond.
As we celebrate Bucknell's 175th year, we not only look back on a vibrant history of achievement and triumph, but also forward to an exciting future full of growth, progression and expanding knowledge. The anniversary will be observed throughout 2021 with a host of opportunities to reflect on where we've been and envision the incredible chapters that lie ahead. 'ray Bucknell!
'Continued Quest for Excellence'
Pennsylvania Sen. Gene Yaw '65, P'15 — the first of three family generations to attend Bucknell — honored the University's 175th anniversary on the floor of the state senate on Feb. 3, 2021.