Gerald P. Buccino '63 has made a $2 million gift commitment to further advance Seton Hall University's Buccino Leadership Institute, which launched in 2018 and is the first interdisciplinary undergraduate leadership program of its kind in the United States. The gift will support operations and create an endowment for the Institute.
Buccino, who is nationally recognized as a pioneer of "turnaround management," is the founder of Buccino & Associates and the president of The Buccino Foundation as well as a Seton Hall Regent Emeritus. He credits Seton Hall with the "beginnings of his good fortune" and expresses gratitude for the "outstanding Catholic education" he received as an undergraduate in the Stillman School of Business.
Due to his gratitude to Seton Hall and his passion for developing leaders, Buccino has a long history of providing generous financial support to the University. In 1996, he created an endowed scholarship for leadership students, and in 2014 he made a $1 million gift commitment to expand the Leadership Development Honors Program in the Stillman School, which was later named The Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development in his honor.
"Jerry has touched and changed the lives of many students through the wisdom and learnings he has shared with them from his professional and personal career journey. Many are captured, almost poetically, in an unpublished collection of extraordinary Buccino-isms, quotes he said and journalized along his magnificent journey," shared Michael Reuter, director of The Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development. "One which typifies his passion for life and selfless giving, is: ‘When you leave, you want to leave a pile of ashes that will remind people that you once burned a magnificent fire.'"
With Buccino's support, the Stillman program has become one of the country's preeminent leadership centers and has been named the top leadership program of its kind in the nation for the past five years by HR.com. The Center's success served as the catalyst for creating the Buccino Leadership Institute which is comprised of undergraduate leadership programs in six schools and colleges at the University.
"The Buccino name has been synonymous with leadership excellence for a long time in the Stillman School of Business. With Jerry's generous gift, we can now develop a new generation of leaders across the university and in every discipline and industry," said Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Bryan C. Price, founding executive director of the Institute and one of the nation's top leadership experts. "When people think of leadership development, I want them to think of Seton Hall and the Buccino Leadership Institute."
In recent months, Centers within the Buccino Leadership Institute also have received significant donor support, including three $1 million gifts. The first from the estate of Louis P. Gentile '58 to the Arts and Sciences Leadership Center, the second from the estate of former professor Lloyd McBride '53 to the Communication and the Arts Leadership Center, and third from the Henry F. Roman and Maryann Roman Family Trust to the Diplomacy and International Relations Leadership Center.