Tim and Debra Cejka

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During his career in the energy industry, Tim Cejka ’73 saw firsthand the benefits of diversity in the workplace. “Diversity of viewpoints, of backgrounds, of gender, of race, of nationality, and of educational backgrounds helps us to get better solutions,” he said.

So when he and his wife, Debra Phillips Cejka ’73, made a $350,000 gift to their alma mater, they knew what they wanted IUP to do with it. This contribution to the Imagine Unlimited campaign will be used to fund IUP’s ongoing work of promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity on campus and beyond through programming, research and training, and scholarships, plus many other endeavors.

“The impact of this gift will have a positive effect on our entire community, especially the well-being of our students,” IUP President Michael Driscoll said. Tim Cejka took his IUP degree and used it to build a career that culminated with his holding the positions of president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company and vice president of ExxonMobil.

“IUP has as its mission to help students become productive national and world citizens who exceed expectations personally and professionally,” he said. “Racism, bigotry, and other forms of discrimination directly affect the IUP community and the success of IUP’s mission.”