John C. Bravman

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John C. Bravman
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John C. Bravman and his son Cole
President of
Bucknell University
In office
2010 – Present
Preceded byBrian C. Mitchell
Personal details
Born1957 (age 61–62)
New York City, New York
Spouse(s)Wendy Wright
ChildrenChristopher, Matthew, Cole, and Cooper
Alma materStanford University
ProfessionUniversity president

John C. Bravman is the 17th president of Bucknell University. He 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.

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, staff, and students 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.[1]

From 2012 to 2017 Bravman led the largest financing campaign in Bucknell's history and achieved the goal of raising $500 million to benefit the university.[3][4]

In January 2013 Bravman announced that the University had discovered reporting errors in student SAT test scores from 2006 through 2012, which resulted in Bucknell reporting scores to various organizations as higher than they actually were.[5] Bravman also revealed misreporting of ACT scores, and that the reported scores were lower than they actually were.[6] Bravman put in place new procedures to review data before reporting to outside organizations. After recalculating its published rankings using the corrected information, U.S. News & World Report concluded that the difference between Bucknell's misreported data and newly reported data was not significant enough to change the school's numerical rank.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Biography: President John C. Bravman Archived 2012-02-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "John C. Bravman, Ph.D., named 17th president of Bucknell University", Bucknell University, April 12, 2010
  3. ^ "WE DO, The Campaign for Bucknell University, Surpasses $500 Million Goal", Bucknell University. Retrieved March 16, 2018
  4. ^ Alumni Connection Newsletter, Bucknell University. Retrieved March 16, 2018
  5. ^ Statement to the Board of Trustees Bucknell University. Retrieved March 16, 2018
  6. ^ "Bucknell University Inflated SAT Scores For Years", Business Insider", Jan. 28, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2018
  7. ^ "Correcting Bucknell University's 2011 Admissions Statistics", U.S. News & World Report, February 4, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2018.