But when you’re among the most dominant pitchers in the
history of both your high school and university, sometimes
the job finds you.
“A few local players contacted me for pitching lessons,” says
MacLean, the 2010 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. “I said,
‘I miss softball; I’ll give it a shot.’ Before I knew it my phone
wouldn’t stop ringing.”
By January 2015 her pitcher-training business grew so large
she decided to incorporate it as 7 Deadly Spins Fastpitch. In
November, she left her
teaching job to focus on
training full time.
She now teaches pitching
skills to about 70 students
a week, from age 7 to
college age, and has hired
an assistant instructor. The business has grown so large that
the training center where she works in Whitehall, Pa., built a
1,300-square-foot addition just to accommodate her classes.
“I’m 100 percent in it for the kids,” MacLean says. “I was
supposed to go to graduate school last fall, but I thought,
‘this is where I belong.’ ” — Matt Hughes
Those of us who were born in Jamaica, with its national motto “Out Of Many One
People,” embrace diversity. I migrated
to the United States and attended a
diverse high school in Brooklyn, N. Y.
There, a teacher suggested Bucknell,
and I visited campus in April 1977.
The cherry blossoms and rolling hills
captured my heart. I was hooked.
Transitioning from Jamaica to New
York, I soon discovered, was easier than
adapting to Bucknell’s predominantly
white population and traditional
American culture. For the first time, I
was a minority student and encountered
racial remarks with an undertone that
implied nonwhites didn’t belong here.
Being adaptable and open to change,
and with my prior exposure to different
cultures, I could cope.
At first I pursued an engineering
degree but eventually realized that
business was my strongest passion. I
concentrated on international economics
and pursued many research projects,
focusing on global trade, different
cultures and economic development.
This emphasis enabled me to directly
connect my education with my Caribbean and global orientation. Overall,
my Bucknell experience was good and
allowed me to develop close relationships
with classmates and even professors.
After Bucknell, my career in corporate
real estate enabled me to use my broad
liberal arts education to solve multifaceted problems. My strong interest in
global issues took me back to Jamaica,
where I led a Caribbean-focused
construction company and got involved
in global building-materials procurement.
Today, my company focuses on trade and
real-estate advisory — a vocation directly
influenced by my Bucknell education
and Caribbean heritage.
Today, Bucknell has improved diversity
in areas such as programming and faculty
hiring. To assist President Bravman in
his sincere efforts to diversify the student
body, I am helping to implement
various aspects of the 2014–19 Diversity
Plan. I am an executive member of the
Black Alumni Association and chair of
its Diversity Admissions Committee,
championing the Just One! Initiative.
My wish is for Bucknell to become a
model university, known for academic
excellence and equally acclaimed as
an inclusive community for all people,
regardless of race and heritage.
Hugh Bailey ’82 lives in Hollywood, Fla.,
where he is the founder, CEO and managing
principal of HB Enterprises LLC.
Watch a video explaining Bucknell’s
Just One! effort to increase campus
diversity at bucknell.edu/JustOne or download
the Bucknell Magazine app.
By Hugh Bailey ’82
ALUMNI ENTREPRENEUR: ALEXANDRA MACLEAN ’ 13
“WE DO” — WORDS FROM OUR ALUMNI
Hugh Bailey ’82