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March 16 memorial service to celebrate memory of Chancellor Emmanuel I. Osagie

3/11/2010 —
A memorial service will be held to remember Chancellor Emmanuel I. Osagie from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Community Center at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. A reception will follow. The service is open to the public to celebrate the memory of Osagie, who died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 9.

In addition to the memorial service, visitation at the Andrew D. Ferguson Funeral Home, 80 Morgantown Street in Uniontown, Pa., will be held on Friday, March 19, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Osagie came to Penn State Fayette as chancellor in February 2007. A native of Nigeria, Osagie led the campus with energy and inspired the campus community with a vision that the Fayette campus would strive to become the region’s premier student-centered university. As chancellor, Osagie brought to fruition a number of initiatives that internationalized the campus, expanded academic offerings, enhanced the educational experience of the students, celebrated the unique history of the region, and brought the campus and community closer together.

He was active in the local community, serving on the boards of a number of organizations, including the Community Foundation of Fayette County, Fayette Chamber of Commerce, Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks, and Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Investment Board.

Osagie came to the United States in 1974 to attend college. He received his Ph.D. and master of science degrees in agricultural economics from Louisiana State University, and his bachelor of science degree from Southern University. Before coming to Penn State Fayette, he worked in postsecondary education as a teacher, professor, director and administrator.  

Osagie is survived by his wife, Pat, and a daughter and son, Kim and Kevin, as well as other family members.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the American Cancer Society or to a special fund at Penn State Fayette for the establishment of an award in Chancellor Osagie’s name.
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