“Ready or not, aging is coming your way. It is both a family issue and societal issue,” says Bucknell Provost Mick Smyer who joined Bucknell on July 1, 2008.

Smyer, a national expert on aging and its ramifications, has written and lectured extensively on the topic and before coming to Bucknell was a professor of psychology and co-director of the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College.

“We are now an aging country in an aging world. This will affect both public policy – Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – and private enterprise – retiree health benefits and even the cost of cars. Architects, engineers, health care professionals – we all are grappling with providing goods and services for an aging world.”

Aging, he says, is a global challenge – one that today’s students will be at the forefront of confronting and solving.