The University to Hold President’s Business Council Dinner October 3

Oct 1, 2013

The University’s President’s Business Council (PBC) 12th Annual Award Dinner will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. At this year’s dinner, the President’s Medal will be presented to Jacquelyn Rasieleski Dionne ’89, a trustee at The University of Scranton, and John D. Dionne ’86, senior managing director of the Blackstone Group.

A native of Scranton and a 1986 graduate of Community Medical Center School of Nursing, Jacquelyn Dionne received a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from the University. Her career as a critical care nurse spanned 15 years including service to Mount Auburn Hospital, a Harvard University affiliate, and with the New Hampshire Heart Institute in Manchester. Currently, she serves as a vice president for the National Charity League.

A founding co-vice chair of the PBC, John Dionne serves as global head of Private Equity Business Development for the Blackstone Group and as a member of its investment committees. He originally joined Blackstone in 2004 as the founder and chief investment officer of the Blackstone Distressed Securities Fund, the firm's initial entry into the single-manager hedge fund practice with peak assets under management of $2 billion. His career includes extensive experience in alternative investments, particularly with financially troubled companies. He is a former chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and has served on a number of corporate and non-profit boards. He received bachelor’s degrees in accounting, economics and finance from Scranton and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991.

 Together the Dionnes are actively involved with Turnaround for Children, Inc., which focuses on the transformation of high-poverty, low-performing public schools in the greater New York region. They live in Westport, Conn., with their three children.

The fundraising goal for this year’s dinner is $1.25 million, which coincides with the University’s 125th Anniversary Year, which runs through June 2014.

The Dinner Chair is Jim Slattery ’86, chief operating officer of North America for Melrose PLC. All proceeds from the Annual Award Dinner support the University’s Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund.

In presenting the President’s Medal, the University and the PBC recognize honorees’ excellence in their fields and extraordinary compassion for others.

For information about this year’s dinner, visit or contact Timothy J. Pryle ’89, executive director, at 570-941-5837 or


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