Jim Boscov to Speak at Winter Commencement


Jim Boscov, vice chairman and CEO of Boscov’s Department Store, LLC, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Alvernia before offering remarks to the winter Class of 2015 on Dec. 12. >>Graduation Ceremony information

Recognized as a Trustee Emeritus, Jim Boscov has a long history with the Alvernia University, where he served as a trustee for more than a decade and was Chair of the Board during the institution’s transition from college to university status (2006-2008).

“He provided exemplary leadership at a historic time, as Alvernia celebrated both its 50th anniversary and the awarding of university status,” said President Thomas F. Flynn Ph.D. “He oversaw the development of a comprehensive strategic plan, stretching out to 2018 and including the transformation of a once tiny local school to a respected regional institution, offering its first of now three doctorates.”

The Boscov name has become synonymous with the Shirley and Joseph Boscov Scholars program at the university — made possible by generous support from Jim, his wife Cindy (a current university board member) and Jim’s mother, Shirley. It is the premier award for outstanding Berks County high school graduates attending Alvernia.

The Boscov family’s generosity is well known in the community as well. “The Boscov name, especially here in Berks County, is synonymous with leadership, character, generosity and community spirit,” said President Flynn.

Originating more than 100 years ago in the city of Reading, Pa., Boscov’s has grown to become one of the nation’s largest family owned and operated department stores with more than 40 retail locations in seven different states.

Jim Boscov began his career as an assistant store manager in the family business, in 1975. He has served in a variety of positions in store management, store planning, advertising, and as a buyer and merchandise manager in a number of retail divisions within the company. He gained outside experience as vice president of retail for the Boston-based women's sportswear company, Cambridge Dry Goods, before starting his own venture called Buyers' Edge. In 2008, Boscov returned to strengthen and expand his family’s business. He was named vice chairman in 2011 and CEO in 2015, becoming the third generation of the family to lead the company.

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