Annie Seibold Drapeau '88 Elected Next Chair of Bucknell's Board of Trustees

May 2, 2024

by Mike Ferlazzo

Annie Seibold Drapeau '88 will assume the role of chair of the Board of Trustees on July 1. Photo by Gordon R. Wenzel

The Bucknell University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to elect Trustee Annie Seibold Drapeau '88 as its next chair, President John Bravman announced today.

"Annie is an excellent collaborator and deeply respected leader on the Board of Trustees," Bravman says. "Her professional experience has been beneficial in her role as chair of the Human Resources Committee and the Executive Resources Subcommittee. Her contributions to the Board have proven invaluable, and I look forward to working with her in this new leadership capacity as we strive to advance Bucknell's mission."

Drapeau earned a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering from Bucknell in 1988. As a student, she was active in the American Institute for Chemical Engineers, Bucknell Student Government, University Chorale and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She went on to earn a master's of business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1992.

In addition to her trustee roles, Drapeau has served as a member of the Freeman College of Management Advisory Board, the Bucknell WE DO Campaign cabinet and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She also has served as an admissions volunteer, Annual Fund volunteer, class gift chair and College of Engineering volunteer.

A trustee since July 2019, Drapeau currently serves as Board vice chair. In addition to chairing the Human Resources Committee and the Executive Resources Subcommittee, she has also served on the Academic Affairs Committee, Executive Committee, and the Nominating & Governance Committee.

"I am deeply honored to have been elected the next chair of the Board of Trustees at Bucknell University," Drapeau says. "Bucknell's distinctive academic depth and breadth, vibrant community, and dedication to ensuring every voice is valued and heard make it a truly exceptional institution. I am excited to work alongside President Bravman and the talented faculty, staff, students and fellow trustees to further advance Bucknell's mission and ensure its continued success."

Drapeau will assume the role of chair effective July 1. She will succeed Chris O'Brien '80, P'18, P'20, who is completing his second term as Board chair.

"On behalf of the Bucknell community, I extend my deep gratitude to Chris O'Brien for his service to the University as chair of the Board of Trustees for the past six years," Bravman says. "His dedication and leadership helped guide Bucknell through a period of unprecedented challenges to higher education, including the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am forever thankful for his guidance, leadership and partnership."

Drapeau is the chief people officer at Toast, a cloud-based restaurant management software company based in Boston, where she leads the People and Places team. She has led organizations through rapid growth as the chief people officer at Moderna, VistaPrint and Digitas, and led both Talent and Corporate Strategy teams at Iron Mountain. She also spent time as an operating partner at Bain Capital. She began her career in finance and strategy roles.

A published author, Drapeau has written a book and several articles about trust and leadership. She also serves on the board of directors of the Posse Foundation, a nonprofit organization that partners with select colleges and universities in the United States, including Bucknell, to provide student scholarships and leadership training. She also chairs the Posse Boston Advisory Board.