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Goodyear Endows Two Business Scholarships at Kent State University

Posted Jul, 23, 2013

Kent State’s College of Business Administration receives funds to establish the Charles J. Pilliod Endowed Scholarships

Kent State University’s College of Business Administration announced today that two endowed scholarship funds have been established by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in honor of its retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charles J. Pilliod.

Photo of representatives from Kent State University and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber CompanyThe Charles J. Pilliod Endowed Scholarships will be awarded each fall to two full-time students enrolled in the College of Business Administration at Kent State.

“Goodyear has been a long-standing partner with the College of Business Administration,” said Deborah Spake, dean of the college. “I am pleased that the scholarship will honor Mr. Pilliod who has been so supportive of our students.”

To be considered for the scholarship, students must have above average grades, play a leadership role in a student organization, demonstrate interest in international business, have work experience and be a sophomore or above in standing. Students may use the scholarship funds for tuition, room and board, university fees, books and supplies or study abroad travel expenses.

During Pilliod’s 42-year career at Goodyear, he was a staunch supporter of Kent State and its College of Business Administration. He was instrumental in creating the Goodyear Executive Professorship, which began in 1973 and has funded 20 professorships. Under the direction of Pilliod, the position was created to provide a bridge between the academic and business communities. Experienced corporate executives helped educate and enhance students’ coursework through “real-world” business experiences.

“We are thrilled to see our partnership continue,” said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. “It’s a delight to be able to honor the remarkable legacy of Chuck Pilliod at both of these great institutions."

A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Pilliod joined Goodyear in 1941 as a production trainee. After serving as an Air Force pilot in World War II, he rejoined the company in 1945 in its foreign sales operations. In ensuing years, he held leadership positions at Goodyear operations in 10 foreign nations. He was elected a vice president in 1967, became president of Goodyear in 1972, and chief executive officer and chairman in 1974.

Following his retirement from Goodyear in 1983, Pilliod served as U.S. ambassador to Mexico from 1986 to 1989.

“Chuck Pilliod was an early advocate of the importance of global business to Goodyear,” said Faith Stewart, community affairs manager at Goodyear. “During his career, this work was recognized by high honors in Belgium, Brazil, Great Britain and Luxembourg. We are pleased to recognize his career and his commitment to Kent State with these endowed scholarships.”

Goodyear, founded in Akron, Ohio, in 1898, is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 69,000 people and manufactures its products in 52 facilities in 22 countries around the world. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.

For more information about applying for the Charles J. Pilliod Endowed Scholarship, contact Elizabeth Sinclair, assistant dean of Kent State’s College of Business Administration, at 330-672-1286 or easincla@kent.edu.

Those who are interested in establishing a scholarship can contact Gary Porto, director of advancement for Kent State’s College of Business Administration, at 330-672-8707 or gporto@kent.edu.

For more information about Kent State University’s College of Business Administration, visit www.kent.edu/business.

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Photo Caption:
Kent State University’s College of Business Administration announced that two endowed scholarship funds have been established by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in honor of its retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charles J. Pilliod. Pictured are (left to right) Deborah Spake, dean of Kent State’s College of Business Administration; Ed Markey, Goodyear’s vice president of corporate communications; Wendy Radtke, Goodyear’s vice president of human resources center of excellence; and Richard Day, Kent State’s assistant vice president of corporate and foundation relations. (Photo courtesy of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company)

Media Contacts:
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595
Keith Price, kjprice@goodyear.com, 330-796-1863