The retired president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company and
his wife have supported a new sciences and mathematics building at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania with a $1.25 million gift.
Tim and Debra Cejka, of Houston, Texas, and Latrobe, both
are IUP graduates. Their gift is the
first made toward the facility, which is in the planning stages.
“This is an instrumental gift. Science and mathematics graduates are in high demand, and such coursework is a key component in the
preparation of health-care professionals and many others. IUP's science and mathematics faculty members
are among the best in the country. Our current facility has served us well but
just passed the half-century mark. A new building that can accommodate
collaboration between science and math disciplines is a missing ingredient in
our programming. With the Cejkas’ help, our science programs will flourish and
provide the science community with new, highly qualified talent,” said IUP President Michael Driscoll.
Both Cejkas are members of IUP’s Class of 1973. Tim Cejka
retired as ExxonMobil Exploration’s president in 2010. He is a member of the
university’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Alumni Advisory Board, which is
consulting with university officials regarding programming and facilities that will
best benefit future scientists.
“As alumni, Tim and Deb have demonstrated outstanding
commitment for their university,” said Bill Speidel, vice president for
University Advancement. “We can’t thank them enough for their support and, as a
university community, we look forward to educating the next generation of the
nation’s science and math leaders.”
More than 2,300 of IUP’s nearly 15,000 students pursue
degrees in 51 undergraduate
and eight graduate science
and mathematics programs, but the new building also will serve students of all
majors, who must take math and science as part of their core curriculum, and health-related
majors who are required to take high-level science and mathematics courses.
In the photo: Debra and Tim Cejka