Q:Why is now the right time for the University to expand its management programs as an independent
A:Bucknell has offered excellent management education for more
than 100 years. When we think about
how to best serve our students, a College of Management is the next step in
that tradition. With dedicated resources,
we can provide students transformative
experiences such as study-abroad
opportunities that allow them to pursue
their major in another culture. We can
also build programming and curriculum
for students in the College of Engineering and College of Arts & Sciences in a
way that was not possible before.
Q:You’ve come to Bucknell from another liberal arts school. How
does a liberal arts core inform a business
A:The most important problems we face as a society are not solved by
any single discipline. How do you power
the planet and sustain the world? How do
you build community? How do you
address inequity? The answer is not
found in any one major. Having a business
degree coupled with the liberal arts allows
students to have a broader understanding of these problems and look at them
through the lenses of different disciplines.
Students who aspire to be leaders in
organizations must develop the skills to
work with others who have different
professional training and personal
backgrounds. Bucknell’s College of
Management takes an interdisciplinary
approach to education that will serve its
graduates well throughout their lives.
Q:What will your first actions be as dean of the college?
A:This summer, I will be working with the faculty and staff on plans
to welcome students to the College of
Management in the fall. I will also be
meeting the faculty around campus,
visiting alumni and learning more about
Bucknell’s histories and traditions — but
as a University of Kansas graduate, I am
already familiar with the 2005 March
Madness story, so alumni don’t need to
bring that up when we meet.
Q:When the college’s first class graduates in four years’ time, how
do you think the college will be different?
A:We will have developed more xperiential programs that build
upon the strengths across the University
in the humanities, engineering and the
arts. There’s already a lot of magic that
happens in the classroom and on cam-
pus. We have an opportunity to enhance
cocurricular activities off campus and
foster important professional connec-
tions between the students and alumni,
The College of Management will also
have a stronger partnership with the arts.
With an arts entrepreneurship minor and
a growing number of faculty collabora-
tions across arts and management, we
are exploring spaces to support and fos-
ter connections between these disci-
plines. The arts inform who we are as
humans — our history, our culture, our
values — and strengthening the connec-
tion between management and the arts
would bring further distinction to Buck-
nell. But what won’t change is our com-
mitment to small class sizes, personal
connections between students and their
faculty advisers, and emphasis on the
Q:How else is the college position- ing itself to aid graduates in meeting the challenges of today’s economy?
A:Students should engage in mean- ingful, high-impact activities
before they go on the job market, and we
need to provide opportunities for all
students to have these experiences.
Whether it is working with faculty on
research, studying abroad or interning
during the summer, students learn
about their interests, aptitudes and abilities while developing professional skills
that will serve them over a lifetime.
By Matt Hughes
In July, Raquel Alexander became the first Kenneth W. Freeman Professor &
Dean of the new College of Management. We asked Alexander, who was previously
an associate dean at Washington & Lee University, what lies in store for management
education at Bucknell.