In the Spotlight: Bob Bucknam ’81
Robert Bucknam, Jr., Esquire, is executive vice president and a shareholder attorney for Archer & Greiner, P.C., Attorneys at Law. A prelaw student, Bob graduated from Lycoming in 1981 with a double-major in political science and history. He recently returned to campus on March 6 as an invited speaker for The Politics of Energy course taught by Jonathan Williamson, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of political science and director of the Center for Energy and the Future.
1. What made you choose to attend Lycoming College?
I chose to attend Lycoming for many reasons; however, my primary reason for choosing Lycoming was because of the College’s overall reputation as an excellent liberal arts college with a well-respected prelaw program. This reputation proved to be well deserved. Lycoming provided me with everything that I needed to give me the great education, training, and college and life experience necessary to get accepted by every law school that I applied to, and to go on to obtain my law degree and successfully practice law.
2. What is one of your favorite memories, classes, professors, or activities while attending Lycoming College as an undergraduate student?
Although I had several wonderful professors who taught me a lot during my time at Lycoming, I greatly enjoyed my time serving as the president of the Student Assembly of Lycoming College. All of the work done and activities undertaken while serving in that role led to the success that we achieved in bringing about various improvements that positively affected the lives of Lycoming students at that time.
3. How has your education at Lycoming College prepared you for a career connected to energy?
The broad and diverse liberal arts training that I received by attending Lycoming helped to broaden my awareness and perspective and greatly improve the manner in which I approach issues of all types. That has carried through for me in my professional career when dealing with legal issues, business issues, and other situations, including those associated with the field of energy. My Lycoming education helped me to learn to look at and appreciate “the big picture.” It also helped me to better identify and handle the relevant smaller details concerning any matter that I encounter, whether it be related to energy, any other legal or business matter, or life in general.
4. What is one or two of your proudest professional or personal accomplishments that occurred after graduating from Lycoming in which your education really played a role?
Many of my personal and professional accomplishments can be traced back to the knowledge, training, and the resulting personal growth, confidence, and maturity that stemmed from my Lycoming College educational experience. My communication and leadership skills were greatly honed and developed during my time at Lycoming, which has helped to make me a better, more decisive, and successful leader in my professional and personal life.
5. What piece of professional advice would you give your fellow Lycoming alumni?
My advice would be to do your best to learn what you can about energy and energy-related issues while in college. Take courses that are likely to provide you with the kind of knowledge and information that you will need to understand and successfully handle issues associated with the energy field. Take advantage of any internship or special learning opportunities that may become available related to energy, be aware of the ever-changing facts, technology, and circumstances related to energy and the resulting need to be flexible in the manner that you approach the issues that you encounter when pursuing a career in that field. You should also be aware that the businesses and individuals who play a large role in the field of energy and the issues that they have to deal with often change, and you should keep informed of those changes and how and why they are occurring.