"John Bravman will be a great Bucknell president. He has all the right experience and skills we were looking for in our next president. It was very gratifying in that regard to get to know him during this search and see the obvious matchup of his strengths and Bucknell's needs. I must say though that I was especially impressed, not just by his vision for the liberal arts, but by his ability to articulate it clearly and concisely. That is so important to Bucknell because of the core place of the liberal arts in who we are and what we want to accomplish. It is going to be exciting to see the tremendous effect John will have on the Bucknell campus, in Lewisburg and the surrounding community and with our devoted alumni, parents, friends and supporters around the world."

Marthann Lauver Samek '60 P'86, P'88, P'91
Member of the Presidential Search Committee
Member, Bucknell Board of Trustees, and Chair, Development and Alumni Relations Committee
Past President, Bucknell Alumni Association
Retired Alumni Director
Wardlaw-Hartridge School
New York, NY

"I am sure all the parents will join me in enthusiastically welcoming Dr. Bravman to Bucknell. If you look at his career, you see a lifelong commitment to excellence in undergraduate education and a passion for enriching the lives of students and supporting their growth and development. But I can say personally, having had the pleasure of meeting John and learning first-hand about his real interest in students, that I feel great as a parent knowing that he is going to be leading our university."

Michael Pepe P'10, P'12
Member of the Presidential Search Committee
Chief Executive Officer
Precision IR Group
Richmond, VA

"In John's credentials and interactions with the Presidential Search Committee, I saw someone with the demonstrated ability to lead an institution as strong and ambitious as Bucknell. John is global in thought and experience, yet personal in word and action. I think from his core, he shares the collective aspirations we as alumni feel for our University. I am confident that after getting to know John, my fellow alumni will appreciate his passion for education and his desire for Bucknell and all our graduates to excel."

Matthew R. Garman '96
Member of the Presidential Search Committee
Chief Financial Officer
Box Services, LLC New York, NY

"I am thrilled that Dr. Bravman will be our next president. In each of our search committee meetings with him, he offered strategic vision for both the challenges and opportunities Bucknell will face. I immediately sensed that he would be a perfect fit during his meeting with student leaders when he used the opportunity to engage students in an honest conversation surrounding issues that affect us daily. Students from all backgrounds will find Dr. Bravman to be both a receptive listener and an energetic leader. I am confident Bucknell will become an even better institution during his presidency."

Krista N. Yancey '11
Member of the Presidential Search Committee
Fairfax, VA

"John Bravman has championed undergraduate education at Stanford with dedication, energy and great vision. He has been unwavering in his commitment to giving Stanford students the best liberal arts education possible. Under his leadership as vice provost, Stanford has earned a national reputation for its innovations in, and commitment to, the excellence of its undergraduate education program. I can say I have the greatest respect and admiration for John Bravman and really cannot thank him enough for all he has done for Stanford."

Leslie P. Hume
Chair, Stanford Board of Trustees

"When I served as president of Stanford, we engaged in substantial reforms of undergraduate education at the university. John Bravman was an important contributor to our efforts from the very beginning. My choice of him as vice provost for undergraduate education in 1999 was one of the very best decisions I have made. He approached his task with commitment, determination and disciplinary breadth ranging from engineering to the humanities, with imagination, and with the ability to rally support for our and for his agenda. He will approach his responsibilities at Bucknell in the same spirit. I congratulate Bucknell University on its decision."

Gerhard Casper
President Emeritus, Stanford University
Peter and Helen Bing Professor, Professor of Law, Senior Fellow

"John Bravman is a thoughtful and compassionate leader. Under his guidance, the undergraduate program at Stanford has been transformed into one of the finest in the nation. Though an engineer by training, his broad-gauged interests have allowed him to engage colleagues throughout campus and to inspire alumni around the world. Stanford will not be the same without him. In John, Bucknell has found a stellar president."

John Etchemendy
Provost, Stanford University

"John Bravman's passion for undergraduate education, the boundless energy he brings to his work and his ability to communicate about the goals of a liberal arts education have transformed the student experience at Stanford. His concern for students is not solely focused on the classroom but also extends to student life - he is well known for hosting home-cooked Thanksgiving dinners for students in our Freshman-Sophomore Residential College, the dorm experience he created and has been a part of for the last decade. Bucknell will quickly see what a treasure it has found in John Bravman as its next president."

Stephanie Kalfayan
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Stanford University


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