DUNMORE, Pa. — Director of Development Maria Russoniello is the 2017 recipient of the campus’ K. Bruce Sherbine Penn State Proud Award.
This award recognizes a member of the campus community whose demonstrated leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities have been directed into programs and services on campus and/or in the community, and have positively influenced students and employees and contributed to the prestige and well-being of Penn State Worthington Scranton, as well as Penn State as a whole.
Marwan Wafa, chancellor, presented Russoniello with her award during a special awards dinner held at the campus.
Russoniello, who has been at the campus for over 35 years, is retiring at the end of June after building a very successful fundraising program at Penn State Worthington Scranton.
During her tenure as director of development, she has raised over $22 million for the campus.
Her efforts have helped establish more than 100 endowed and annual scholarship funds that are awarded each year to campus students; and created nearly 20 annual funds in support of academic programs and student services, nine awards for students and employees, and a lectureship.
Russoniello also raised funds for numerous capital projects, including the Business Building; the Science Suite; The David and Ann Hawk Student Success Center; a Nursing Lab renovation with patient simulators; new athletic fields; and an IST Showcase.