Dr. Bruce Bickel will be presented with the Serving Leader Award at the Geneva College Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)/Serving Leaders Conference on Thursday April 7, 2011. This award is given annually to a person of faith who implements servant-leadership qualities in their life and work. The award-winner is selected by a group of Geneva College′s MSOL program alumni as well as people from Serving Leaders and the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation.
Dr. Bickel is a member of the MSOL program faculty, having taught Leadership and Motivation and Leadership and Ethics, among other classes. He represents the quality of faculty and leadership which is shared, promoted and lived out in the MSOL program.
Bickel is also the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Private Foundation Management Services Group of PNC Wealth Management and President of Transformational Leadership Group, a leadership consulting firm. Prior to this, Bickel worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years.
Bickel graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He received the Midshipman of the Year Award from the Annapolis, Maryland Chamber of Commerce in 1966. He also received the Thompson Trophy, awarded to the graduating senior of the Naval Academy who has done the most to promote intercollegiate athletics.
Following his time in the service, Dr. Bickel was the Vice President for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Kansas City, Missouri. Later in life, he obtained his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Theology from Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served as senior pastor in churches in Kansas and Illinois. Bickel also serves on a number of charitable boards and provides volunteer consulting to many non-profits, both local and national.
Bickel earned the John Heinz Community Service Award in 2000 for work in the Pittsburgh area.
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College′s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).