November 04, 2010

LEWISBURG, Pa. — John Bravman, the 17th president of Bucknell University, returns to the East Coast after 35 years at Stanford University. || Inauguration information 

The physical journey from Palo Alto, Calif., to Lewisburg, Pa., is remarkably linear. Plot the route on a U.S. map; the result is a nearly perfect coast-to-coast tether. Get on the Bayshore Expressway, merge onto Route 80, drive east 2,771 miles and the GPS will announce, "You have arrived."

Bucknell's 17th president, John Bravman, has indeed arrived and, in many ways, his metaphysical journey to the heart of the Susquehanna Valley also follows a direct progression. While he is giving up palm trees for pin oaks and red-tiled roofs for Georgian-brick buildings, a constant has guided his entire career — an abiding devotion to undergraduate education.

At Stanford, Bravman, who grew up in New York City and on Long Island, worked his way through the academic ranks from undergraduate student to endowed professor. When he left the university for Bucknell this past summer, after 35 years, he concurrently held the posts of the Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University; the Bing Centennial Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; and professor of electrical engineering, by courtesy; as well as being the founding dean of Stanford's Freshman-Sophomore Residential College and an engineering consultant in materials science to a number of law firms and venture capitalists.

Read complete story — From Silicon Valley to the Susquehanna Valley — in the fall edition of Bucknell Magazine.

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