Alec and Lexi Beliasov of Huron, Ohio, longtime supporters of the College of Agricultural Sciences, have made a new pledge of $100,000 to establish a scholarship and aid a building project for the college. This is the third scholarship created in the college by the couple.
Half of the gift will endow the new Alec and Lexi Beliasov Scholarship in Agricultural Business Management for students in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. The agricultural business management major concentrates on training students for positions in such areas as sales, buying, accountancy and management and administration with food marketing firms, farm service and supply organizations, and agriculture-related governmental agencies.
The Beliasovs designated the other half of their gift to support the construction of a new, state-of-the-art food science facility at University Park. Now in the planning stage, the facility will replace the 65-year-old Borland Laboratory as the home of the Department of Food Science. It will include undergraduate instructional laboratories, classrooms, research laboratories and a cutting-edge, pilot-scale processing facility. Construction will follow additional fund raising and the release of state funds.
Alec Beliasov, a native of Pittsburgh, earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Penn State in 1955. He recently retired as executive vice president of Bar Processing Corp., a multi-plant steel processing firm with headquarters in Birmingham, Mich., which he co-founded 26 years ago. Before that, he had worked for Jones and Laughlin Steel of Pittsburgh for 16 years. He is now president of Albee Associates, a sales and marketing consulting firm, and serves on the College of Agricultural Sciences' volunteer fund-raising leadership committee for the forthcoming University-wide capital campaign.
The Beliasovs' son, Michael, is a 1992 graduate in food science from the College of Agricultural Sciences. The couple also has supported Intercollegiate Athletics and the construction of The Bryce Jordan Center.
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