Global Executive’s Generous Gift to Benefit Cochranton and Meadville Students at Gannon

Posted: July 6, 2015

Gannon University has announced the establishment of the Jeff Boswell Endowed Scholarship to benefit students from the Crawford Central School District.

"This is an investment in our hometowns for me and my wife, Jeanne" according to Boswell who grew up in Meadville, Pennsylvania. His wife, Jeanne (Ridgeway) Boswell is originally from Cochranton, Pennsylvania.

Jeff Boswell earned his undergraduate degree in industrial management in 1978 from Gannon University. He began his career as project engineer at Sunbeam Equipment Corp. which later became SECO/WARWICK Corp. and has served in many various roles within the company including president and CEO of Meadville operations as well as president and CEO of SECO/WARWICK S.A. (Swiebodzin, Poland), executive vice president of Retech Systems, LLC (Ukiah, California) and chairman of the supervisory board of SECO-WARWICK S.A.

SECO/WARWICK is a global metallurgical furnace manufacturer with seven manufacturing plants on three continents employing over 1100 people, with installations in 68 countries.

In 2010, Boswell received the Gannon's President's Award, which is given to an alumnus who has successfully led and strategically directed, a business operation into the future, accomplishing growth and development opportunities.

Boswell said, "Educational opportunities provided the foundation for a successful global career and I wanted to give back to help today's students achieve their dreams." Enrollment figures from fall 2014 showed 23 students from the Crawford Central School District to be enrolled at Gannon.

Boswell is also co-owner of the TimberCreek Tap and Table in Meadville with a second location expected to open in Grove City this summer. In his free time he enjoys winemaking and the occasional round of golf.

The Jeff Boswell Endowed Scholarship is among the 234 endowed scholarships at Gannon providing $914,000 in scholarship support annually to 413 deserving students from diverse locations, backgrounds and financial circumstances. Ninety-five percent of students at Gannon University received financial aid in the 2013-14 academic year. Endowed gifts to Gannon can also help fund faculty professional development, student and faculty research, speaker series, study-abroad programs, mission trips, academic departments, athletics or the library.

More than 90 percent of undergraduate students received some type of Gannon grant or scholarship. Endowed gifts to Gannon can also help fund faculty positions, professorships, chairmanships, faculty excellence and study abroad programs at the University. 


For more information on the scholarship please contact Tony Fulgenzio, director of philanthropy at Gannon University, at (814) 871-7786.