From donor to student — campus benefactor Eric Linde returns to Penn State Scranton to earn business degree

From donor to student — campus benefactor Eric Linde returns to Penn State Scranton to earn business degree

“Throughout my life, people have said to me, ‘Look how far you’ve gotten and you only have a high school diploma,’” he said. “But, for some reason, and I couldn’t tell you exactly why, it was eating at me for decades that I didn’t finish college. I guess you would call it one of those bucket list things.”

Eventually, he decided the time was right to make that dream a reality.

In 2017, Linde, the owner of Honesdale-based Leeward Construction and a longtime Penn State Scranton supporter, re-enrolled at Penn State for the first time since dropping out of University Park in the mid-1960s.

Expecting to complete his associate degree in business this fall, Linde has been taking most of his coursework through Penn State’s online World Campus. However, last semester, he was on campus for the Management 301 course taught by Center for Business Development and Community Outreach Director John Drake, an adjunct lecturer in business.

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