The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 1, 2013

Bravman to serve as Bucknell University president through 2020

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — Bucknell University President John Bravman has agreed to a contract extension with the Lewisburg liberal arts college through 2020, the board of trustees announced today.

"In a relatively short period, John has asserted his leadership with all of Bucknell's constituent audiences in an exceptional manner," said Trustees Chair Ken Freeman, citing Bravman's quick progress on such high-profile projects as the $500 million We Do fundraising campaign. Launched in October, the effort already has passed the half-way mark. 

Freeman also cited Bravman's leadership in establishing the Campus Climate Task Force to improve the student experience at Bucknell; and his decision to investigate and publicly announce the SAT reporting errors the university discovered -- and the subsequent $10 million anonymous gift  that came as a result.

Bravman, whose original contract was five years, said he's  "grateful to the board for its confidence, and honored to have the opportunity to serve this university and to get to know the people that make it special even better."