Wilkes University

President's Medal

President's Medal

The President's Medal - Wilkes University's highest honor - is bestowed annually on individuals whose personal and professional lives reflect the highest aspirations of Wilkes University.  This award is presented to deserving individuals at the annual Founders Gala celebration."

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 2019 President’s Medal Recipient

Eugene Roth

Eugene Roth, Esq. ’57 is the longest-serving attorney at Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP, rising through the ranks from law clerk to partner during his 60-year tenure. A prominent figure in northeast Pennsylvania, Gene has received numerous accolades for his professional, civic and community efforts with awards from the United Hebrew Institute, the Boy Scouts of America and the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He has also been featured in a variety of Who’s Who publications. He has served on the board of directors for Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, RCN Incorporated, Wachovia Bank and was chairman of the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital Advisory Council.

Gene has the distinction of serving under each of Wilkes University’s six presidents, first as vice president of his undergraduate class, then as president of the alumni association and eventually as a member of the University’s board of trustees, a role he serves to this day. He was the chairman of the board from 1993 to 1998, helping to establish the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy.

A first-generation college student, Gene closely identifies with Wilkes University’s mission of providing educational opportunities to all who show potential. His philanthropic support is apparent across campus, especially in Lawrence W. Roth Hall, a standout residence for first-year students, and the Max Roth Center, home to the Center for Global Education and Diversity.

A native of Wilkes-Barre, Gene and his wife, Connie, are parents to Joan Kleinman, Stephen Roth and Jeffrey Roth, and have 13 grandchildren. In memory of their son, they have established the Lawrence W. Roth Memorial Scholarship, granted annually to a deserving Wilkes student with an interest in the law, politics or community service. Gene was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wilkes Ancestral Colonels and the Eugene S. Farley Memorial Alumni Award. He is also a long-time member of the prestigious John Wilkes Society. His vision, leadership and contributions have been vital and true to the values of Wilkes University, and as such, he is a deserving recipient of the 2019 President’s Medal.