Royals To Get Back in the New York Groove at the President's Medal Award Dinner Sept. 20

University to honor James M. Slattery '86, H'23 at Pier Sixty.
James M. Slattery

The University of Scranton will present the President’s Medal to James M. Slattery ’86, H’23, former chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and chief operating officer of North America for Melrose PLC, at the President’s Medal Award Dinner Friday, Sept. 20, at Pier Sixty in New York City.

The event is the largest annual fundraiser for the University, and proceeds from the dinner benefit the Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund, which awards four-year, full-tuition scholarships to incoming first-year University students with outstanding high school records and notable community involvement. This year’s event marks the 23rd time the University has presented the President’s Medal, which recognizes individuals who have achieved excellence in their fields and who have demonstrated extraordinary compassion for others. All alumni, parents and friends of the University are welcome and encouraged to attend this year’s event.

A certified public accountant, Slattery is the COO of North America for Melrose PLC, a London-based company that buys, improves and sells companies that engage in the manufacture of highly-engineered products. Prior to joining Melrose, he was the chief financial officer for McKechnie Aerospace. Previously, Slattery served as CFO for 180s, Struever Bros. Eccles and Rouse and DAP Products, Inc., and as controller for Wassall PLC. He began his career with Coopers and Lybrand.

Slattery earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Scranton and served as the chair of the University’s President’s Business Council Annual Award Dinner in 2013. He and his wife, Betsy, established the University’s Gail and Francis Slattery Center for the Ignatian Humanities, named in honor of his parents who instilled in him a commitment to Catholic higher education. He and Betsy are the proud parents of three sons, Daniel, John Michael and Shane, and they reside in Peachtree City, Georgia.

For more information, contact Associate Vice President of Development Eric Eckenrode at or Executive Director of Advancement for Campus Engagement Brad Troy ’02 at

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