Bickner, of Sycamore, Illinois, held various executive positions at DeKalb Corporation from 1975–1998, became chair and chief executive officer of DeKalb Genetics Corporation in 1985, oversaw the sale of the company to Monsanto Corporation in 1998, and served as executive vice president of Monsanto from 1998–2002. He currently is an independent business consultant and director of several companies. Following a federal clerkship, Bickner practiced from 1970–1975 with Sidley & Austin, where he was a partner. Bickner serves on President Mary Sue Coleman’s Advisory Group and Dean Caminker’s Advisory Council. He chairs the Law School’s Development and Alumni Relations Committee and is the former chair of the Law School’s Campaign Steering Committee during its successful Michigan Difference campaign.