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LEWISBURG, Pa. — R. David Myers has been named Chief of Staff for the President of Bucknell University, Dr. Brian C. Mitchell. Hired following a national search, he will begin his work at Bucknell on April 2.
In this role, Myers will oversee the administrative operations of the president's office and assist the president with a range of major initiatives, such as the implementation of the University's strategic plan (The Plan for Bucknell), development of a new campus master plan, and management of the leadership role that President and Mrs. Mitchell play in campaign fundraising.
He will work closely with the president and students, faculty, and staff, and particularly closely with the University's senior administrative team. Myers will report to the president.
"Dave is an extremely skilled professional, and brings to Bucknell extensive experience directly related to this position," said President Mitchell. "I know he'll make important contributions to our work on The Plan for Bucknell and the University's determination to achieve its highest goals. I look forward to his joining us and am confident the entire University community will enjoy working with him."
Myers was most recently deputy chief of staff for Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, where he oversaw the management and operation of the Governor's office, consisting of a 91-person staff and a budget of nearly $8 million. He also oversaw all human resource, budget and information technology for the Governor's immediate staff.
Among his other leadership responsibilities was serving as the Governor's liaison with the state's system of higher education and such institutions as Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the agency responsible for the conservation of Pennsylvania’s historic heritage.
"Dave Myers has been a tremendous asset to my administration and he will be missed," Governor Rendell said. "Dave's outstanding work on economic development legislation and projects, health care, energy and telecommunications policy, and his superior administrative skills have contributed significantly to our success in moving forward Pennsylvania. I thank Dave for his years of dedication and service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and I wish him continued success."
Prior to joining the Governor's Senior Staff, Myers was Director of Policy Development in the Office of the Minority Whip in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, a new position created to oversee research activities and policy development for the Democratic Caucus.
A graduate of Cornell University, Myers holds a master's degree in history from the University of Massachusetts and was a doctoral candidate in history at Rutgers University.
His 27 years of experience in program and policy development and implementation include positions with Hospital and Healthsystems Association of Pennsylvania and the Department of Environmental Resources, and as Special Assistant to the Governor.
He also has served as Executive Director of the Senate Education Committee and Assistant Dean of Students at Rutgers College.
Myers is a member of the Pennsylvania State Employees Benefit Trust Fund and the State System of Higher Education Board of Governors.
Posted March 21, 2007