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John C. Bravman, PhD

John C. Bravman, PhD, president of Bucknell University, was appointed to the Geisinger Health Board of Directors in September 2012. Dr. Bravman was appointed chairman of the board in December 2016 and also chairs the Emergency Action Committee. He serves as a member on the Geisinger Family, Audit and Compliance, Finance, Governance and Patient Experience, Academic Affairs and Quality committees of the board.

Before becoming the 17th president of Bucknell University in 2010, Dr. Bravman served 35 years at Stanford University as a student, faculty member and senior administrator. He is also a professor of electrical engineering at Bucknell, and is the Freeman Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Bing Centennial Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, emeritus, at Stanford.

Dr. Bravman held numerous administrative positions and appointments at Stanford, including department chair, senior associate dean in the School of Engineering, chair of the faculty senate, vice provost for undergraduate education and member of the president’s executive cabinet. He established Stanford’s first 2-year residential college, served as co-chair of the university’s accreditation reaffirmation process with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and led a far-ranging transformation of Stanford’s undergraduate experience. The author of more than 160 scholarly publications, Dr. Bravman has won numerous awards as a teacher and adviser, including the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University’s highest teaching honor.

Dr. Bravman is married to Wendelin Wright, PhD, a professor of mechanical and chemical engineering at Bucknell. They have two sons, Cole and Cooper, and Dr. Bravman has two older sons, Christopher and Matthew.
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