AN ALUM WITH ENERGY ROBERT STOVASH When Robert Stovash '61 was growing up in Bethel Park, he never imagined one day he'd have friends in places like Belgium, Italy, and Ireland. Today he and his wife, Eileen, have close ties with people all over Europe, thanks to his 26-year career in international sales with Consol Energy. "I traveled to Europe at least 10 times a year, two weeks at a time," he says. In the early 1980s, he and Eileen moved to Brussels, Belgium, and stayed there for two and a half years while he set up Consol's first overseas sales office. "We enjoyed it very much, and we still get back at least once a year to visit friends and customers all through Europe." Right out of high school, Bob decided he wanted to get a degree in accounting, and as soon as possible. His family had a heritage of
hard work deep beneath the hills of western Pennsylvania; his father, grandfather, and even his younger brother were members of the United Mine Workers of America. "It's hard work, and my father wanted me to have a better life," he says. "I will always admire the
miners, and I'm proud of my heritage. But I wanted something better for myself." So while working during the day as a proofreader for Ernst & Ernst (today Ernst & Young), he took evening classes at the old William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. "I liked Robert
Morris's program because of the length of the program and the school's business reputation," he says.
In 1963, while serving in the Army reserves, he joined what was then the Consolidation Coal Company in its controller's department, and became assistant controller. After 14 years, he moved on to the international sales department, where he spent another 26 years calling on utility companies all over Europe and northern Africa. He retired in March of 2003.
Today Bob and Eileen split time between their home in Pittsburgh and another in Orlando. They have two grown children — a son, Robert, who has his own law firm in Orlando, and a daughter, Janice Veith '84, who works at PNC Bank. Janice's daughter, Mandy
Kotz '06, graduated from RMU with a degree in hospitality and tourism. Several other relatives also have earned degrees from Robert
Morris: Tammy Davis Janero '91, Jeffrey Stovash '93, Dominic Janero '93, Linda Yonish '04, Kerry Veith ’07 M’07 and Mark Weil '13.
"Over the years, we've developed a pretty close association with the administration and some of the faculty members," says Bob, "and those relationships have been a big part of my other family members attending Robert Morris."
Bob and Eileen have always been steady contributors to RMU, and recently they set up the Robert and Eileen Stovash Endowed
Scholarship. "We always made small donations over the years," he says. "And when we learned we could roll all our past contributions into a scholarship fund, we knew that was something we wanted to do." In all, the Stovashes have contributed more than $90,000
toward their scholarship fund. "We wanted to give students the same kinds of opportunities that we've had. We got so much out of the university, and we wanted to help other people, too."
WRITTEN BY VALENTINE J. BRKICH