We’re Glad to Know You
Compiled by Dan Morrell
Every year, the Bucknell University Alumni Association (BUAA) honors its best and brightest — those graduates who have stayed connected to the University and contributed to the communities around them, all while pursuing successful careers. Here are this year’s winners.
LOYALTY TO BUCKNELL
Richard Skelton ’60: Skelton spent more than 36 years in Bucknell admissions,
retiring as assistant vice president for enrollment planning in 2000. He received
Bucknell’s Geiger Award for demonstrating consistent excellence and the Dick
Skelton Scholarship was established to honor his contributions to the University.
OUTS TANDING ACHIEVEMEN T IN A CHOSEN PROFESSION
Ronald Baron ’65: Baron is the founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of
Baron Capital Management, a New York City investment management firm that
manages more than $28 billion. Prior to his investment career, he worked as a
patent examiner in the U.S. Patent Office while attending George Washington
University Law School.
IN A CHOSEN PROFESSION
Charles Brandes ’65: Brandes is the
founder of Brandes Investment Partners,
where he serves as chairman of the firm’s
five-member Executive Committee and
as a member of its Investment Oversight
Committee. He is a board member of
several organizations involved in
scientific, charity and cultural work.
L to R: BUAA President Melissa Plaisance ’82, Richard Skelton ’60, Ronald Baron ’65, Jacqueline Hornor Plumez ’65, Gbenga Akinnagbe ’00, Charles Brandes ’65 and President John Bravman.
SERVICE TO HUMANI TY
Jacqueline Hornor Plumez ’65:
Plumez is a psychologist, career
counselor, speaker and writer. She is a
founding member of Anglican Women’s
Empowerment, an organization that
brings women from around the world
to the United Nations to learn how to
lobby for social change in their home
countries, and she has served in various
volunteer capacities at Children’s
Village, a foster care institution.
For more about the recipients and BUAA Alumni Awards, see bucknell.edu/AlumniAwards.
YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD
Gbenga Akinnagbe ’00: Akinnagbe is
an actor, screenplay writer and producer.
His acting credits include TV roles on
The Wire, The Good Wife and 24, as well
as film roles in The Savages, The Taking
of Pelham 123 (2009) and The Edge
of Darkness. He recently launched
Liberated People, an eco-friendly,
socially conscious lifestyle brand that
works with nonprofits worldwide.