This month we focus on one of the unsung heroes of the Rowan Rugby program, foreign student liaison, Bruce Wilson.
Bruce first fell in love with the rugby as a high school exchange student in New Zealand and has been an integral part of the staff for the past eight years. Bruce has established contacts with numerous overseas universities and built relationships that have paid dividends after much hard work. His tireless efforts have culminated in Rowan Rugby’s first exchange student, Justin Sangster, arriving from New Zealand to play for the team this fall.
Bruce has achieved this without being a member of the Rowan faculty or administration. His lack of any official affiliation with the university has presented him with many obstacles that he has overcome with his trademark patience, persistence and positivity.
On any given Saturday during the season, you will find Bruce on the sidelines cheering on the team. He states that the most rewarding part of his work with the team is, “watching the growth of both the skill level and camaraderie of the players as they enhance their athletic talents as well as their bonds as contributing members of an increasingly important and impactful social entity within the large university.”
As an independent academic researcher, Bruce focuses on public school reform. He has taught graduate students at Columbia University and the University of Delaware. Bruce and his wife reside in Collingswood, New Jersey.
Bruce indicates that his vision for the future of the program is to, “continue growing the positive impact the team has had on the university.” He believes the best way to do this will be to not only continue improving the team’s play on the field, but also, “attracting a wider range of scholar athletes, including international students.”
Rowan’s success both on and off the field is the result of so many people contributing in unique ways. Bruce Wilson is a prime example of this phenomenon. The program is extremely fortunate to have him and thankful for all his hard work.