and improving the student experience
every day. We’re grateful to our donors
for being part of what I believe will be
viewed as a turning point in institutional
history. At the same time, there remain
many opportunities to get involved —
or more involved.”
More than $111 million has been
raised for financial aid, the top campaign
priority. “Being able to offer more aid
to top applicants is critical to Bucknell’s
relevance, strength and ability to
prepare every student for success in
today’s world,” says Bravman, the first
in his family to go to college.
The campaign has also provided more
than $42 million to develop faculty and
staff, including endowments to support
eight professorships, three academic
fellowships and a coaching position.
The most visible WE DO impact can
be seen during a walk around campus,
where $40 million in campaign funding
has been invested in facilities. The most
recent examples include Academic
West, which opened in 2013; a new
residential complex set to open in
August; and the Graham Building,
which will house the campus health
and wellness center, as well as wrestling
facilities, beginning in fall 2016.
The national WE DO event tour
also offers tangible evidence of support
for the University. Bucknell alumni,
parents and friends have flocked to
cities across the country to meet with
professors and students, and to hear
With two years to go, the WE DO Campaign has raised $350 million in gifts and pledges toward its half-a-billion-dollar goal — and University leaders are confident that Bucknellians will finish strong.
A Turning Point
WE DO, The Campaign for Bucknell University, is going strong — and
the University hopes to keep that momentum moving for future students.
By Christina Masciere Wallace
President John Bravman speaks
to WE DO San Francisco guests
at AT&T Park in February 2013.
“This is an extraordinary time in the
life of the University,” says President
John Bravman. “Campaign gifts are
enhancing our curriculum and campus