Honoring His Career, Ensuring His Legacy
Supporting the Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D., Executive Director’s Fund will honor Bern’s long career at the Stroud Center while ensuring the legacy of his dedication to critical center-wide initiatives for global research, education, and watershed restoration.
A gift of any amount allows entry to a special event, Tip Your Hat to Bern, on Friday, March 23.
Bern started at the Stroud Center as a Ph.D. student under Dr. Ruth Patrick in June 1973.
He was officially hired as a scientist on September 1, 1976.
Bern became the second Executive Director on April 11, 1988, a role he held for the next 28 years.
Bern launched our education program for schools and community outreach. We currently serve more than 5,000 individuals in educational outreach each year.
He opened the Maritza Station in Costa Rica. This led to a series of tropical studies and education programs throughout Central and South America.
Bern guided the separation from the Academy of Natural Sciences. Under Bern’s leadership, the Stroud Center became an independent 501(c)(3) on October 1, 1999.
He added Watershed Restoration to our mission. Bern’s research led him to the conclusion that trees are vitally important for healthy streams.
Bern created our global presence. His research and expertise helped us develop relationships with countries near and far, expanding our footprint.