December 03, 2019

Boguskis make $500,000 gift to support professional experiences at BU

Michael ’85 and Beth Boguski have committed $500,000 to the Bloomsburg University Foundation to support experiential learning opportunities for students. In recognition of this gift, prior commitments, and continued support of the student experience, Bloomsburg University named the dean’s suite in the Zeigler College of Business in their honor.

Since 2014 the Boguskis have championed professional development for students at Bloomsburg University, starting with a gift of $1 million to support BU’s commitment to Professional U. Their latest gift will assist students applying for Professional Experience Grants (PEGs); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs; and students competing in the Husky Dog Pound.

“We believe it is important to help fund the education of Bloomsburg University students, especially experiential learning,” Michael Boguski said. “Providing our students with access to internships and professional experiences is a competitive advantage for them and is a mission we are pleased to support.”

“Mike and Beth Boguski embody the unique spirit and determination of our students,” said BU President Bashar W. Hanna. “They share our passion for and commitment to our mission of providing experiential learning opportunities for our students so that they can achieve success during and after their years at BU. I am ever grateful to Mike and Beth for their continued generosity and support of Bloomsburg University.”

A former member of the campaign cabinet for BU’s largest-ever capital campaign and a current member of the BU Foundation board, Michael Boguski maintains a strong connection to BU. He was a first-generation college student who began his career in risk management and insurance in 1986 after graduating from Bloomsburg University with a BS degree in Business Management.

Boguski spent the last 22 years at Eastern Alliance Insurance Group, a member of the ProAssurance family of Companies. In May of 2019, he assumed the role of President, Specialty P&C at ProAssurance in Birmingham, Ala. Eastern Alliance Insurance Group, under the leadership of President Kevin Shook, continues to partner with Bloomsburg University on numerous student initiatives, including the Earned Income Tax Credit program.

As one of eight in his family to graduate from the university, including his son Michael in 2018, The Boguskis place a high value on the experiences and the education they received at BU.

“BU is a special place with special people and was an all-around great college experience for me,” Boguski added. “We are extremely pleased to support the student experience into the future. Our family is proud to have our legacy associated with these positive and impactful opportunities for BU students.”
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