Glen Tullman ’81 (right) has been a frequent visitor to Professor Candland’s Lewisburg home over the years
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Glen Tullman ’81 (right) has been a frequent visitor to Professor Candland’s Lewisburg home over the years.
Gift to Honor Mentor Benefits College of Arts & Sciences
by Sherri Kimmel
In a transformative educational experience, a professor plants a seed in the mind of a student — a seed that may take many years to fully flower. Psychology and Animal Behavior Professor Douglas Candland planted this seed in his student, Glen Tullman ’81, and continued for the next 40 years to nurture it. Now Tullman is honoring that enduring relationship with a major gift of $6 million to Bucknell.

The gift will be apportioned in three areas of need: $3 million to endow a discretionary fund for the newly named Douglas K. Candland Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, which will support high-impact educational activities in the college. A second portion, $2.5 million, creates the Douglas K. Candland Fund for Civic Action to honor the professor’s years of service as a teacher, scholar and mentor. Income from the fund supports civic and community- engaged learning activities. Bucknell’s Animal Behavior Program, one of the premier programs of its kind in the country, was founded by Candland in 1968 and will receive $500,000 to endow ongoing costs of operating its animal-care facility.

Tullman is a Chicago-based health care services entrepreneur who has founded several companies. The latest, Transcarent, was launched in March. It will, he says, “create a new and different kind of health care experience that puts people back in charge of their care.”

Tullman’s gift to Bucknell will help many people — students, faculty and staff as well as residents of the surrounding communities.

“The gift to the dean will support and accelerate what makes Bucknell special,” says Provost Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak. “This includes,” she says, “high-impact educational practices that are proven to lead to student success and that are especially valuable to students of color through the faculty-student mentorship relationships that they offer.”

Tullman is excited about the opportunities the gift will open up for more students to have more diverse and engaging educational experiences. “This gift in Doug’s honor will lead to more people having a broader education to solve big problems and will encourage more educators to do what Doug has done, which is invest his life in developing people who can make a difference,” he says.