BRADFORD – Friends of Peter J. Buchheit, former director of facility management at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, have set up a scholarship in his honor.
The Peter J. Buchheit ’92 Legacy Fund recognizes Buchheit’s 41 year career at Pitt-Bradford by awarding scholarships to promising and deserving students who demonstrate financial needs and make satisfactory progress toward degrees.
Buchheit retired last summer after overseeing the construction and maintenance of the campus’ buildings and grounds. During his years on campus, he oversaw either the construction or renovation of every current building on campus.
He moved to Pitt-Bradford in 1979 after serving as director of the Bradford City Department of Health and Buildings for five years.
He earned a BS in Business Management from Pitt-Bradford in 1992 while at Pitt-Bradford.
When he retired, Buchheit said, “I have really been helped by Pitt in my education, extracurricular activities, and Pitt so that I have been able to attend professional conferences throughout my career.”
In 2008, the University of Pittsburgh recognized Buchheit as one of four university-wide recipients of the Chancellor Award for employee excellence in the service of the community.
Buchheit enjoyed working with students who were employed as student employees in facility management.
“That was one of the most enjoyable things,” he said, “working with students and seeing them mature as they go through their training and then approaching me 20 years later.”
Buchheit has shared its expertise with the Bradford community for many years. He is or has been an active volunteer and consultant with YMCA and YWCA, CARE for Children, St. Bernard Parish and Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems.
To donate for the scholarship, contact the Office of Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement at 814-362-5091 or visit www.givetoupb.org.