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President's Medal Award

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"The President's Medal - Wilkes University's highest honor - is bestowed annually on individuals whose personal and professional lives reflect the highest aspirations of Wilkes University.  This award is presented to deserving individuals at the annual Founders Gala celebration."

At the Founders Gala, we will award the President’s Medal to acknowledge someone who has helped enhance the student experience and advance the mission of the University.

Mr. Joseph Savitz, Esq.

The inaugural award honors Joseph Savitz, Esq. ’48.

Joseph Savitz, Esq. '48 is a member of the first official class to graduate from Wilkes College. Following his graduation from Wilkes, he earned a juris doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Savitz distinguished himself with the Wilkes-Barre law firm of Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald LLP.

He served as a trustee of Wilkes College and then Wilkes University from 1958 to 1994, holding the position of chairman from 1975 to 1978 and earning the title trustee emeritus. His generosity to Wilkes includes a sponsorship of a room in the new science building. Wilkes University is forever grateful to Mr. Savitz for his long history of volunteer service and philanthropic support.


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