PBC To Hold Virtual Celebration Oct. 8

    The Presidential Scholars of The Class of 2020 gather at the Pierre Hotel at The President's Business Council 18th Annual Award Dinner in 2019.
    October 7, 2020

    The President’s Business Council (PBC) 19th Annual Award Celebration will be held virtually beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, and will be viewable at this link. During the event, Margaret “Maggie” Quinn Mariotti, Au.D., P’10, John R. Mariotti, D.M.D., ’75 and Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, J.D., J.C.L., ’72, will be presented with the University’s President’s Medal.

    “Our goal all along in the planning of this year’s event has been to transfer as much of the in-person experience as possible to a virtual audience,” said Timothy J. Pryle ’89, executive director of the PBC. “While we all know the challenges of accomplishing that, we have embraced the opportunity that a virtual event offers by providing greater access to more members of our University of Scranton community who might not normally be able to join us in person. As always, our main objective of supporting student scholarships remains.”

    In addition to the Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund, proceeds from this year will be designated to the James P. Sweeney, S.J., Family Outreach Fund, for students facing unexpected financial hardship, and the Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Scholarship, a need-based scholarship established in 2011 by the Sorbera Family.

    Margaret “Maggie” Quinn Mariotti, Au.D., P’10 is a retired clinical audiologist whose private practice included offices in Honesdale and Clarks Summit. She has held several clinical audiologist positions at various institutions, including the U.S. Army Hospital Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic at Fort Stewart, Ga. Dr. Mariotti also taught as an adjunct professor in the communication sciences and disorders program at Marywood University.

    She was a Pennsylvania Speech and Hearing Association liaison and served as a board member of the Women’s Resource Center and the IHM Foundation. Maggie was a member of the University’s Board of Trustees from 2003 through 2010. Dr. Mariotti earned a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Marywood University, a master’s degree in audiology from Temple University, and a doctorate in audiology from the University of Florida.

    John R. Mariotti, D.M.D., ’75, P’10 has worked as an orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics practitioner for 35 years and is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Mariotti earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University and a doctor of dental medicine degree from Temple University. He was commissioned as a U.S. Army captain in the Army Dental Corps at Fort Stewart, Ga. After completing his tour of duty, John pursued his post-graduate degree in orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester. At Eastman, he conducted research in growth and development and TMJ disorders.

    Dr. Mariotti served as president and chair of the board of the Scranton District Dental Society and is a past board president of the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists. An active member of the University’s Medical Alumni Council, he became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2019.

    The Mariottis, who reside in Jefferson Twp., have four children.

    Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, J.D., J.C.L., ’72 has been a priest in the Diocese of Scranton for 35 years and currently serves as pastor of Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Clarks Summit. For 16 years he was the rector of St. Peter’s Cathedral. Prior to his current role, he was the vice president for mission and ministry at Fordham University.

    Monsignor Quinn received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University and a juris doctorate from Seton Hall University. At the age of 25, he was appointed a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court, becoming the youngest person in the country to serve in that position. After resigning his post, he entered the seminary and completed his studies at the North American College in Rome, earning graduate degrees in theology from the Gregorian University and the Angelicum University.

    He has served on numerous boards, including as a member of the Board of Advisors of the North American College and as the founding chairman of the Scranton Preparatory School Board of Trustees. He is a former member of the University’s Board of Trustees, which he served for 15 years.

    The Quinns are two of the 12 children of the late June Scanlan Quinn and John A. Quinn Sr., D.D.S., ’40.

    In presenting the President’s Medal, the University and the PBC recognize individuals who have achieved excellence in their fields and who have demonstrated extraordinary compassion for others while personifying the University’s mission of Catholic and Jesuit excellence and service. Through its 18 dinners, the PBC has generated over $16 million for the Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund.

    This year’s fundraising effort, which will again be part of the event, includes a silent auction. Additional details on the auction and the Celebration are available on our website at For more information, please contact Tim Pryle at (570) 941-5837 or

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