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John Leone Honored as Penn State’s Philanthropist of the Year

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John Leone

Penn State has recognized John Leone, Penn State alumnus and longtime supporter, as its 2015 Philanthropist of the Year for the support that he and his late wife, Willie Leone, have offered to programs across the University. The award, which was officially presented to Leone in June, honors individuals, couples or families who have demonstrated exceptional generosity in the promotion and support of Penn State.

“Through his far-reaching support, John Leone is enabling the next generation of students to discover their own paths towards success, whether their passion lies in athletics, the arts, engineering or business,” said Rodney P. Kirsch, senior vice president for development and alumni relations. “No individual is more deserving of this honor.”

During For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, which concluded on June 30, 2014, John and Willie Leone made significant gifts to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Intercollegiate Athletics and the College of Arts and Architecture. These gifts built on three decades of giving to the University.

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