John C. Bravman

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John C. Bravman
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John C. Bravman and his son Cole
Bucknell University
In office
2010 – Present
Preceded by Brian C. Mitchell
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 56–57)
New York City, New York
Spouse(s) Wendy Wright
Children Christopher, Matthew, Cole and Cooper
Alma mater Stanford University
Profession Professor

John C. Bravman is the 17th president of Bucknell University who came to Bucknell after a 35-year career at Stanford University,[1] where he served as the Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Dean of the Freshman-Sophomore College, and Bing Centennial Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University.[2]

Bravman earned his Bachelor's ('79), Master's ('81) and Ph.D. ('85) degrees from Stanford in Materials Science & Engineering. Bravman has received several awards, including the Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University's highest honor for teaching. He has been a freshman adviser or resident fellow every year for the past 24 years. In his spare time, Professor Bravman enjoys photography, cooking, and discussing politics and economics.

During the earliest months of his presidency, Bravman initiated an in-depth examination of the quality of student life by establishing the Campus Climate Task Force.[1] This group of faculty and staff was charged with assessment of student views and actions related to personal responsibility and, as appropriate, recommending ways to encourage the most positive University experience for students.This group did not include any students.[1]

In October 2012, Bravman announced the public launch of the WE DO Campaign for Bucknell University. The campaign's half-a-billion dollar goal makes it the largest fundraising effort in the University's history.[3]

In January 2013, after the conclusion of an investigation initiated by Bravman, he decided to publicly announce that the University had discovered SAT reporting errors from 2006 through 2012, which resulted in Bucknell's SAT scores being reported to various organizations as higher than they actually were. Bravman also announced that the University had been misreporting its ACT scores, and that the reported scores were lower than they actually were. As a result of the errors, and to ensure accuracy in the future, Bravman put in place new procedures for reviewing data before reporting to external entities.[4] After recalculating its rankings using the corrected information, U.S. News & World Report concluded that the difference between Bucknell's misreported data and newly reported data wasn't significant enough to affect the school's numerical rank.[5]