Nicholas J. Giuffre ’78 recently contributed a $2.5 million blended gift to the BU Foundation and the university’s It’s Personal campaign. The gift establishes the Nicholas J. Giuffre Center for Supply Chain Management within the College of Business. The gift will also endow the Nicholas J. Giuffre Distinguished Professor in Supply Chain Management to support the university’s supply chain management major and experiential learning opportunities for students. It is the first endowed professorship in the College of Business.
When Giuffre jumps into a project, he brings all of his passion, loyalty and commitment. After graduating from Bloomsburg University, he took his first job with the Bradford White Corp., a major U.S. manufacturer of residential and commercial water heating and storage products, and has been with the company ever since. “I started out taking service calls, moved up into sales and, 38 years later, here I am, president and CEO,” Giuffre says.
When he reconnected with BU, he did it with the same level of involvement. It started in 2012, when the Delaware County native and first-generation college graduate received a phone call from the BU Foundation. “They asked if I would be interested in supporting the renovation project in Sutliff Hall,” Giuffre says, “and the idea of naming a classroom came up.”
At the same time, Giuffre’s only daughter, Natalie, was considering a BU education of her own. “I brought her with me to see the classroom in Sutliff Hall that would be named for our family. My jaw dropped when I saw the campus,” says Giuffre. Within a few weeks, Natalie was enrolled and her dad was serving on the College of Business Advisory Board. He now also serves on the BU Foundation Board of Directors and the It’s Personal Campaign Cabinet.
As he became reacquainted with his alma mater, Giuffre recalled his experiences at Bloomsburg. “During that 30 years I was away, I didn’t really think much about BU,” he says. “But once they asked me to share my time and my resources … and my daughter started classes … it was personal for me.”
Establishment of BU’s supply chain management major inspired Giuffre to make the donation. “I knew I wanted to make a major commitment to the university, and when I learned about the four-year degree in supply chain management, a light bulb went on,” says Giuffre. “This is what I do, every day. This is how I became successful, and I know that this will help prepare many future students for successful careers.”
Giuffre’s daughter, Natalie, graduates this spring, and he is very proud that she will join him as a member of the BU alumni network. “I’m grateful to have been involved with the university these past four years. Now I’m even more excited about recruiting alumni to be a part of this campaign and sharing with them that it’s about more than money, it really is personal.”•