Gerald P. Buccino, a nationally recognized pioneer of "turnaround
management,” has made a $1 million gift commitment to his alma mater,
Seton Hall University, to expand the reach of its Leadership Development
Honors Program at the Stillman School of Business.
In honor of the gift, the University will name its leadership
development program the Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership
Development, which will be housed in the Stillman School of Business.
"Jerry's long-standing relationship with Seton Hall and the Stillman
School of Business has served as an inspiration," said Stillman Dean
Joyce Strawser. "From the establishment of the Buccino Scholars program
in 1996 to this latest gift, his contributions to the Center have served
as a model for the active engagement of top executives and helped to
increase our School’s reputation and reach to national prominence –
making this so much more than simply an academic honors program."
Dean Strawser explained that Buccino's passion, commitment and advice
are providing a strong foundation to elevate the school’s leadership
development program. Buccino's legacy is expanding beyond the select
group of scholars he personally mentors – even beyond graduation. This
gift will distinguish the Center from other business school honors
programs by providing extensive one-on-one networking opportunities with
key business executives and hands-on professional development for elite
undergraduate business leadership students to complement their academic
learning from the freshman through senior years.
The gift will provide the opportunity for these students to have
valuable interactions with national and international business leaders,
study abroad experiences that expose students to international
businesses, and leadership collaborations with other universities as
well as critical skills development seminars. Leadership students may
talk with a Stanley Cup winner on what leadership means or discuss
business ethics with a prominent CEO. Alumni of the program have found
success on Wall Street, with firms such as Goldman Sachs, as well as at
leading corporations, government agencies and law firms including
Johnson & Johnson, Prudential, Merrill Lynch and the U.S. Treasury.
"Jerry has always been a true compass, mentor and coach for our
leadership students” said Michael Reuter, director of the Center. This
aspirational gift provides the opportunity to further leverage the
Center’s outreach, performance, and development of extraordinary leaders
in their personal and professional lives. These global leaders will in
turn impact those they serve for generations to come.”
Buccino is a successful businessman based in Chicago who specializes
in saving troubled companies and turning them into profitable
enterprises. He is the president of The Buccino Foundation and a Seton
Hall University Regent Emeritus. He hopes that his gift will enable the
Stillman program to become one of the preeminent leadership centers in
"It's a wonderful program," said Buccino. "It's a highly ranked
program. Given how the Center is being run, the recognition it’s getting
and the type of students we’re bringing in, it was easy for me to say, 'I'd like to pledge another major gift to the University.'"
He added, "The mentoring component of this program is extremely
important. It’s not just about going to school and getting good grades.
It's the opportunity to study abroad and meet with global industry
leaders. It’s an environment that I think raises the bar and prepares
these young people to go out into the world and be successful."
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