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Alumni Profile: James "Jim" Allegretto ‘84
Alumni Profile: James "Jim" Allegretto ‘84

Oregon native James "Jim" Allegretto has devoted his career to the federal government, serving 30 years at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. When it comes to his legacy, however, he has a different priority: His alma mater, PSU's School of Business.

“I’m proud to be in a position where I can give back to an institution that launched my career,” said Jim Allegretto. “I named the Accounting Program as the beneficiary to my retirement account as a way to continue the good work of the instructors at The School of Business.” 

This legacy gift will support critical programs and services for Accounting, including advising and career services, accounting software, mentoring programs, scholarship support and faculty professional development.

Allegretto’s Portland Roots
Jim Allegretto grew up across from Portland’s Laurelhurst Park in the house his father built. He spent his first year in college at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington  but after only two semesters, decided PSU’s School of Business would provide a higher quality business education and job opportunities upon graduation. 

“I was drawn to the quality and experience of the faculty, plus the fact I had one year of the ‘away from home college experience.’ My mother was recently widowed, so moving closer to her in Portland was appealing as well,” said James. He thinks fondly back to his time in classes taught by Dr. Tang as well as business law faculty, like Dr. Schantz.

After three years at PSU, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science, with an emphasis on Economics and Accounting. He felt the two majors properly balanced each other from a business standpoint. As a student, he spent his summers working a part-time job at Perrin McMillan and Company, CPAs. He also served as an officer for Beta Alpha Psi, which helped James develop the skills needed to be a leader.
After graduation, James received the Elijah Watts Sells Award with high distinction for his achievement on the November 1983 CPA exam. James credits this to hard work and dedicated faculty who helped him succeed.

James encourages fellow Vikings to consider giving back to the people and places that helped them achieve their potential and purpose as well. Now a member of PSU’s Epler Society in grateful recognition of his planned gift, James is pleased to create a legacy at PSU- an institution which cultivated the skills for a fulfilling profession he’s enjoyed over the last three decades.

Interested in learning more about planned gifts at PSU? Please visit the PSU Foundation website or contact Lauren Vannini, Associate Director of Development for the School of Business, at 503-725-3766.