James Pochy ’18G made his first donation to Salem State University while still a student— and never stopped giving back.
Donating every year since graduation, James wants to help the university flourish while ensuring that financial assistance is always available to students in need.
James first gave to his senior class gift and made subsequent gifts to the annual fund and to a scholarship fund for first-generation college students established in memory of his classmate Chris Joyce ’18, who tragically lost his life just two weeks before graduation.
“It’s imperative that all Salem State stakeholders, especially alumni, work together so future generations have the opportunity to attend college,” says James. “I’m truly passionate about helping students with their college-related expenses.” Ensuring that the university can continue to invest in campus improvements and attract the best faculty are also top priorities, he adds.
A native of upstate New York with an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Maryland, James was living and working in Boston when he entered the industrial and organizational psychology graduate program at Salem State, the only one of its kind regionally.
“I had a great experience at Salem State and have stayed in close contact with my professors and classmates since graduating,” he says. “They have always cheered me on and provided career advice.”
His networking recently paid off with a new position as an employee engagement analyst at Ellos Global, a management consulting firm based in Miami.
“I’m proud of Salem State and its vision for the future,” says James. “I plan to continue giving and do my part.”