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Smeal Graduate Provides Gift to Promote Leadership

Penn State alumni Anthony J. and Marta M. Buzzelli have committed $300,000 to enhance leadership development in the Smeal College of Business through the Anthony Buzzelli Endowment for Leadership.
November 5, 2012

Penn State alumni Anthony J. and Marta M. Buzzelli have committed $300,000 to enhance leadership development in the Smeal College of Business through the Anthony Buzzelli Endowment for Leadership.

The endowment will provide sustainable annual funding for the college’s Sapphire Leadership Symposium and other programs that nurture leadership qualities in business students.

Buzzelli’s service as a mentor to Smeal students spans many years. Most recently, he worked with Sapphire students who were developing the Sapphire Leadership Symposium. Thanks to funding from this new gift, the symposium will continue to grow and develop to meet the needs of students who are exploring concepts in leadership.

“I am convinced that well-designed leadership development opportunities are essential to the future success of today’s college students,” Buzzelli said. “The Smeal College provides an amazing value to young people and their families—strong academics delivered in an atmosphere of honor, integrity, and respect. Marta and I hope our gift will allow for continuity as the college develops innovative leadership opportunities that touch a wide range of students.”

Buzzelli retired in May 2011 from Deloitte where he was vice chairman and regional managing partner for the Pacific Southwest. His 40 year career with the company included positions as national managing partner for U.S. regions, member of the executive committee, member of the board of directors and operating committee, and deputy managing partner for U.S. firms.

Well known for practicing what he preaches in the area of leadership, Mr. Buzzelli has long provided guidance to organizations in the communities where he has worked and lived. He has served on the board of the United Way Los Angeles, the LA Police Foundation, World Affairs Council, Town Hall Los Angeles, the Southern California Leadership Network, and the California Science Center.

“The Smeal community thanks Tony and Marta for this wonderful investment in our students,” said Charles H. Whiteman, the John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal. “Our undergraduates will find many opportunities to be leaders during their time on campus. The Buzzelli Endowment will ensure that we can offer meaningful activities that will allow them to examine their experiences and learn from them in an even deeper way.”

In addition to this gift, the couple created the Anthony and Marta Buzzelli Trustee Scholarship in 2010. The scholarship supports Accounting majors with financial need. Mr. Buzzelli has been a member of the Smeal Board of Visitors since 2005 and has served on the Accounting Advisory Board. He was named Accounting Alumnus of the Year in 2003. He graduated with a degree in accounting in 1971. Mrs. Buzzelli is a 1971 graduate of the College of the Liberal Arts where she majored in English. The Buzzellis reside in Somerset, Va. They have three children.

The Anthony Buzzelli Endowment for Leadership will advance the Smeal College toward its goals in the current University-wide fundraising effort, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. The campaign is directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America. The University is engaging Penn State’s alumni and friends as partners in achieving six key objectives: ensuring student access and opportunity, enhancing honors education, enriching the student experience, building faculty strength and capacity, fostering discovery and creativity, and sustaining the University’s tradition of quality. The campaign’s top priority is keeping a Penn State degree affordable for students and families. The For the Future campaign is the most ambitious effort of its kind in Penn State’s history, with the goal of securing $2 billion by 2014.

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