Dr. James G. Pesek retired in August 2012, ending a 32-year career with Clarion University. Although he isn’t reporting to his office in Still Hall anymore, he is still helping students.
Pesek and his wife, Karen Westfall Pesek, have established the James G. & Karen Pesek Management Scholarship, which will be awarded to incoming freshmen with a minimum high school grade point average of 3.25, a minimum SAT score of 1,000, a declared major in management or human resource management and demonstrated financial need.
His wife also recently retired from Immaculate Conception, where she was a middle school teacher and former principal.
“During the fall, Karen and I made the decision to create a scholarship, so we met with (director of development) John Catone and (CEO) Mike Keefer from the Clarion University Foundation in October to discuss several options for establishing a scholarship,” Pesek said.
Pesek came to Clarion University in 1980 as assistant professor and advanced to full professor in 1988 in the College of Business Administration’s administrative science department. He also served as chair of the department, as well as serving as interim provost of the university, interim dean of COBA and dean of COBA.
During that time, he has seen how students benefit from scholarships, and he found it to be a perfect way to give back to the university.
“I have been fortunate to have a long and rewarding career at Clarion University,” Pesek said. “Clarion University has meant a great deal to us, so Karen and I are pleased to give back to the university and its future students through this scholarship.”
The Peseks expect the first awards to be made in fall 2013.
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