Professor and Director
Stavros Chair in Free Enterprise & Economic Education
"The University has given me quite a bit, so I feel I need to give back professionally, and when I can financially as well. I believe it to the core."
Dick Puglisi can remember the feeling of opportunity when he arrived at USF in 1960, as a member of the charter class of students. "In going back to my early days at USF, as a student, I and my family members and my friends were not very affluent, we were born and raised the sons and daughters of immigrant parents and grandparents, and so when this University opened it's doors, it was a tremendous opportunity for all of us."
Dick has continued his families influence by valuing education. Upon graduating from USF, Dick went on to earn both his masters and Ph.D. and then returned to USF to teach in the College of Education, where he has been a member of the faculty for the past 37 years. His passion for USF continues in that his daughter is in her second year at USF as a student enrolled in the Honors' College. Dick's wife, Janet, is also an alum with an M.B.A. from the College of Business Administration.
Through both the student perspective and the faculty perspective, Dick has had a long relationship with USF, and he feels very passionately about his involvement with the University. "The University has given me quite a bit, so I feel I need to give back professionally, and when I can financially as well. I believe it to the core. This University has been absolutely marvelous and significant in my life and in the lives of so many people that I know. It was a tremendous gift to me to be able to come to the University in the early years, and now as a member of the faculty for 37 years it has been terrific."
Dick financially supports USF because he sees the value in education, and the great difference that it can make in the life of an individual. "As a 17 year old kid, you have many paths that you can take, and if the University is an opportunity, and serves as one of those paths, it can make all the difference in your life."
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