April 28, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Ruth Burnham of Lewisburg has been named Director of the Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning (BILL), and Annie Smith of Mifflinburg has been named Coordinator. They will take office in early summer.

Burnham succeeds Edward Cotter, also of Lewisburg, who is the founding director of the program, begun as a self-supporting affiliate of Bucknell University in May of 2009. 

Burnham, who has served as the program's coordinator since its inception, has assisted in all aspects of program development and management, seeing membership increase six-fold, and its reach span 31 regional communities. 

Her background includes 24 years in student life administration at Bucknell, ending as Associate Dean of Students in 2002. "As BILL director, I hope to strengthen membership services, explore expansion opportunities, and maintain the high caliber of programs offered by the Institute," said Burnham.

Smith succeeds Burnham as Coordinator. After decades in the not-for-profit world as an instructor for the Federal Boot Camp facility at the Lewisburg Penitentiary, as Executive Director for Leadership Susquehanna Valley, and most recently the Communications Director for the American Red Cross, she brings a wealth of experience in working with volunteers, organizing events, public speaking and instruction at the adult level.

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning has provided adult learners in the Central Susquehanna Valley a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities since 2009. More than 60 leaders have offered 206 non-credit short courses, and nearly 40 individuals have given special presentations in conjunction with the popular Lunch & Learn and Tea & Talk programs co-sponsored by Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village in Lewisburg.

Information on Fall 2015 courses will be available in early August. Fall term classes begin Sept. 21. For more information about the Institute's programs, call 570-522-0105 or email lifelonglearning@bucknell.edu.