Competitive sports at Bucknell dates back to 1870, and more than a century later, Bucknell has established itself as a national leader in providing successful academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. Today, the Department of Athletics & Recreation strives to set the standard of excellence among all intercollegiate programs by maintaining academic priorities and supporting educational and personal development, all while providing the rigorous and competitive Division I athletics opportunity sought by Bucknell student-athletes.
As Bison Athletics seeks to create a comprehensive learning environment that meshes with the academic mission of the University, an important element of the complete student-athlete experience is participation in an elite leadership development program designed to identify, develop, challenge and support student-athletes and coaches in their continual quest to become leaders in academics, in athletics and in life.
This is the Bucknell Athletics Leadership Institute.
Originally launched as the Bucknell Bison Leadership Academy in 2011, the Department of Athletics' formal leadership development program was rebranded in the summer of 2016 as The Bucknell Athletics Leadership Institute.
Since it's inception, the program has focused on self and peer assessments related to leadership skills and personality traits; interactive leadership development seminars conducted by coaches and industry experts; and action plans where student-athletes learn to apply principles of effective leadership to real situations.
Leadership Institute Vision
The Bucknell Athletics Leadership Institute will develop champion leaders, who embody academic, athletic and personal excellence and are empowered with the fortitude and skills to positively impact their teams, the Bucknell community, and the world beyond.
Leadership Institute Mission
Our mission is to create transformational leaders who excel in the classroom, on the field of play, and throughout society. We will create a culture of inclusion, appreciation, respect and excellence that transcends boundaries. In alignment with the Bucknell University and the Department of Athletics and Recreation strategic plans, we will develop bridge-builders who positively connect sports to society. Student-athletes and coaches will develop the ability to think critically, be catalysts for change, and lead with authenticity. We will mobilize teams and peers toward collective goals and have the courage to relentlessly persevere. We recognize that leadership is both inherent and learned, and we will serve to identify, challenge and support our student-athletes and coaches in their continued pursuits to be champion leaders in all facets of life.