Statement from West Virginia University President James P. Clements on the death of Milan “Mike” Puskar:

“Milan ‘Mike’ Puskar was just a tremendous person – generous, humble and very kind. Because of his success in the business world he was able to help so many others, and he took great pride and care in his generosity to West Virginia University. His gifts came in the form of scholarships for students, funds for WVU athletics, support for cancer research and many other endeavors. We will miss his presence at ballgames and in our community, but his mark will be permanently left behind in our hearts and on our campus.”

- WVU President Jim Clements

Statement from WVU Foundation President & CEO R. Wayne King:

“The West Virginia University Foundation and WVU have lost a great friend in Mike Puskar. He embodied the true meaning of generosity by transforming and enriching lives through his philanthropy. From academics to athletics, Mike’s love for WVU was evident in the depth and breadth of his support. His legacy of giving to WVU and the Morgantown community will live on for decades to come. Mike’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.”

-WVU Foundation President & CEO R. Wayne King

Statement from Jose V. “Zito” Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics:

“Mr. Puskar was a generous and thoughtful entrepreneur and philanthropist who very much wanted to make an impact in preparing students for the business world. He worked very hard — and was very successful — in helping to build the bridge between education and business. His vision, his work ethic, his strategic thinking and his heightened desire to give back are all traits we look for in our students. We are saddened to learn of his passing, but his example will live on at this College every day.”

-Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics Jose V. Sartarelli



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