Commencement
Past Honorary Degree Recipients

2011: Mark Pigott

  •  Mr. Mark Charles Pigott is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PACCAR Inc, where he has worked for 35 years.  PACCAR is a Fortune 200 global technology leader in the design and manufacture of Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF trucks.

    Mr. Pigott earned his B.S. in industrial engineering, B.A. inhumanities and M.S. in business, all from Stanford University.  He received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Trinity College, Dublin, in 2007 and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Gonzaga University in 2008.  Harvard Business Review named him as one of the top 50 CEOs in the world in 2009.

    Mark is the fourth generation of the Pigott family to actively support Seattle University.  He has taught the EMBA students for fifteen years in Pigott Hall.  His enthusiasm and commitment to education has resulted in the establishment of the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts at Seattle University. This generous spirit of giving is captured by the beloved poet, W.B. Yeats, who said, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."  In addition to establishing the named endowment at Seattle University, Mr. Pigott helped to create and fund the James Pigott Pavilion for Leadership, in honor of his uncle's stewardship at PACCAR and Seattle University.

    Mark has also funded professorships and scholarships at Stanford University, Cambridge University (UK), Trinity College (Dublin),the University of Washington and Gonzaga University.

    Mr. Pigott serves on several boards, including Franklin Templeton, the Advisory Board of the St. George's Society of New York, the Royal Shakespeare Company America, The British Library Foundation, National Science & Technology Medals Foundation and Trinity College Foundation.  He is a life member of the National Gallery London, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) and The British Library.

    A leader in business, education and the arts, Mr. Pigott has earned a number of prestigious awards, including Officer of the British Empire (UK), Commander of the Order of the Crown (Belgium),Officer of the Orange Nassau (Netherlands) and Knights' Cross of the Order of Merit (Hungary).