July 8, 2014, volume 4, number 11

To the William Paterson University Community,

We are pleased to announce a new gift to the William Paterson University Foundation from alumni William and Henrietta Pesce, and their children, Michael and Katie.  These longtime benefactors of William Paterson University have made a very generous donation to establish the Pesce Family Mentoring Institute in the University’s Career Development Center.

The Pesce Family Mentoring Institute is designed to help prepare students for their careers or graduate education by connecting successful professionals, including alumni and local community and business partners, with selected William Paterson undergraduate students.  The Pesce Family Mentoring Institute will create a hosted online community for mentors and mentees; facilitate formal in-person mentoring discussions; offer targeted professional and career development opportunities; and host networking gatherings.  This gift will benefit our students directly, providing them with invaluable advice, encouragement, knowledge, and networking opportunities as they strive to pursue their academic studies, graduate, and prepare for their first professional positions.

Will, who graduated in 1973, and Henrietta, who graduated in 1972 and earned a master’s degree in 1975, have been significant supporters of William Paterson for decades. They previously established the Aniello J. Pesce Scholarship in honor of Will’s father, to support outstanding first-generation students from the Cotsakos College of Business.  They also established the Maureen and Patrick O’Connor Scholarship in honor of Henrietta’s parents, to support deserving first-generation students majoring in education.

Will was the first in his family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor’s degree from William Paterson in 1973.  He earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1975, while serving as a graduate research assistant.

A member of the William Paterson Board of Trustees since 2002, Will chairs the Board’s Educational Policy and Student Development Committee.  He has served as executive-in-residence for the Cotsakos College of Business, where he continues to interact with students as a guest lecturer. Will, the retired president and CEO of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., serves on Wiley’s Board of Directors and the Board of Overseers of New York University’s Stern School of Business.  Will has received numerous honors, including his induction into the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame™, a lifetime achievement award for individuals making a significant, positive impact on New Jersey, as well as the William Paterson University Legacy Award and President’s Medal.

We are tremendously grateful to Will, Henrietta, Michael, and Katie for this very generous gift and their continued support of William Paterson University. This gift truly supports our mission as a public university that serves a diverse and striving student body. 


Kathleen Waldron

William Paterson University
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