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DANVILLE, PA -- Bucknell University President John Bravman elected Chair of Geisinger Health Foundation Board of Directors

Danville, Pa. – Bucknell University President John Bravman has been elected chairman of the Geisinger Health Foundation Board of Directors. He succeeds William Alexander, who served as board chair from 2011-2016.

“John Bravman is a highly respected, dynamic and innovative leader with a long history of success,” said Geisinger Health System President and CEO David Feinberg, MD, MBA. “He is guiding Bucknell through an extraordinary period of growth and achievement, and the Geisinger family looks forward to his leadership as our board chairman.”

Dr. Bravman’s election to board chair underscores what is already a robust partnership between Geisinger and Bucknell that includes numerous collaborations between doctors, researchers and students, spanning departments and academic disciplines at both institutions. One example is the Geisinger-Bucknell Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute. The Lewisburg-based research and treatment facility represents a unique partnership between an undergraduate institution and a major health system. Geisinger and Bucknell also have a history of being represented on each other’s boards. Dr. Feinberg was recently elected to Bucknell’s Board of Trustees, and Dr. Bravman has served as a member of Geisinger’s board since 2012. Both positions are uncompensated.  

“Geisinger has established itself as an extraordinary and innovative leader in health services. I treasure our partnership, and I am deeply honored to serve in this new capacity,” said Dr. Bravman. “Bucknell and Geisinger share a commitment to our communities and a vision for innovation and excellence that benefits not just our respective constituents, but society as a whole.”

Named Bucknell’s 17th president on July 1, 2010, Dr. Bravman has steadily built a foundation of support with the university’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, partner organizations and community. During his tenure, Bucknell launched the public phase of the largest comprehensive capital campaign in its history, with a goal of raising half a billion dollars for strategic university initiatives. Academic West, Bucknell’s first new academic building in nearly a decade, opened in 2013, and a new residential quad, the South Campus Apartments, opened in 2015. The university will establish a third college – the College of Management – in July 2017, positioning Bucknell to offer a truly distinct, interdisciplinary undergraduate experience.

Dr. Bravman’s leadership has also led to a significant increase in the demand for a Bucknell education, with nearly 11,000 students applying for admittance to the Class of 2019 — the most in University history and a 40 percent increase from the previous year. Through his formation of both the President’s Diversity Council and the President’s Sustainability Council, Dr. Bravman has also reaffirmed and strengthened Bucknell’s commitment to these core institutional and educational values.

Prior to joining Bucknell, Bravman spent 35 years at Stanford University, where he led the undergraduate program as the vice provost for undergraduate education. He played a critical role in Stanford’s Campaign for Undergraduate Education, which raised more than $1.1 billion. In recognition of his accomplishments, Stanford awarded him the university’s highest honors for both teaching (1989) and lifetime service (2010).

The author of more than 160 peer-reviewed articles, he has been cited in nearly 5,000 publications by scientists and engineers around the world. A tenured professor of electrical engineering, he has taught primarily in the fields of materials structure and analysis, thin-film mechanical phenomena, microelectronic reliability, and high-temperature superconductivity. He has patented two coatings that may make coronary stents safer for heart disease patients.

“Bill Alexander did a tremendous job serving as board chair over the past six years, and we thank him for his leadership, dedication and service,” said Dr. Feinberg. “With John Bravman as our new board chair, we are also in great hands moving forward.”


About Geisinger
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator®, ProvenCare® and ProvenExperience®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey at AtlantiCare, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital became the newest members of the Geisinger Family. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $12.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.


About Bucknell University 
Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is a selective, highly ranked national university where liberal arts and professional programs complement each other. Students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio, and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects. Bucknell co-curricular opportunities include more than 150 student clubs and organizations plus 27 Division I athletic teams, offering students outstanding leadership and social opportunities.

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