Milan Puskar

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Milan "Mike" Puškar (September 8, 1934 – October 7, 2011) was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist from Morgantown, West Virginia.[1]

Biography[edit]

He was born in Vintondale, Pennsylvania to Serbian parents from Kordun, Croatia in 1934.[2] He graduated from Youngstown State University in 1960.[1]

In 1961, he and Don Panoz co-founded the pharmaceutical company known today as Mylan Inc.[3] Puskar was Mylan's president from 1976 through 2000.[4] In November 1993, at the age of 58, he also became the company's chairman and chief executive officer.[5] He served as CEO until 2002[6] and as chairman until 2009.[4]

West Virginia University's Milan Puskar Stadium was named for him after he made a US$20 million donation.[7] Morgantown Health Right a free clinic was renamed Milan Puskar Health Right in 2004 in recognition of his generous support since its inception.[8]

He died in Morgantown, WV on October 7, 2011 from cancer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pam Fronko (Spring 2004). "Milan Puskar gives $20 million to WVU". WVU Magazine. Retrieved July 14, 2008. 
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  3. ^ "Our History". Mylan Inc. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Mylan founder stepping down as chairman". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 7, 2009. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mylan Names Top Executive". The New York Times. November 10, 1993. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ Patricia Sabatini, Len Boselovic (August 21, 2008). "Golden parachute for Mylan chief: free flights for life". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ "WVU names stadium after Puskar". Pittsburgh Business Times. November 24, 2003. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Kasey, Pam (14 October 2011). "Morgantown mourns a humble, generous man". State Journal (Charleston, WV). Retrieved 2014-04-20 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)).