Awarded to a member of the alumni community whose service, dedication and commitment to alma mater are extraordinary.
Ronald L. Benjamin's '67, P'94, P'98 multi-faceted volunteerism and commitment to Bucknell University has spanned several decades. In 1995, he began a 19-year term as a Board of Trustees member, chairing the compensation, audit and finance committee. Ron also served as a member of the Bucknell University Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1991 through 1996. The Bison Club, Annual Fund, College of Engineering and School of Management are just a few of the areas across campus that have benefitted from Ron's involvement as a volunteer. He has displayed his Bucknell pride by contributing matching dollars to drive the Class of 1967's Reunion giving efforts. He also hosted a reception in Kansas City to cheer on four Bucknellians — Walter McConnell '53, Frank Arentowicz '69, Pat O'Malley '07 and Kyle Rosendale '07 — during the 2007 Bucknell-Penn Alumni Bike Race Across America which raised more than $1 million in scholarship support for Bucknell students. Ron currently serves as a Trustee Emeritus and chairs the 50th Reunion committee for the Class of 1967.
Ron attributes his undergraduate and graduate education opportunities to the generosity of others. He attended Bucknell University on an athletic scholarship and graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. Ron played football and was president of both Sigma Chi and the Interfraternity Council. He held leadership roles with Omicron Delta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, and also served as editor of the Bucknell Engineer magazine. He attended Harvard University on a full academic scholarship and received a master's of business administration in 1969.
Over his 44-year career, Ron has used his entrepreneurial and innovative skills to succeed in seven business endeavors across various industries. All included successful exit strategies that have allowed Ron to repay the generosity that was extended to him during his student years by mentoring others in their entrepreneurial efforts, and by contributing to the formation, leadership and growth of several nonprofit community initiatives.
Ron and his wife Patricia have three children, Brenden '94 (spouse Michele '94), Jonathan '98 and Anna, and reside in Leawood, Kansas, where he is an active member of the community and managing director of GreenEarth Cleaning. Earlier this year, Ron was the recipient of the Bucknell Athletics Leadership Institute's Alumni Achievement Awards.