Marianne Able Career Services Center Dedication Honors Director’s Legacy

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(Left to right) Tracy DePedro, director of career services, Able’s former husband Jim Able, Able’s daughter Liz Copple and President Spinelli dedicate the Marianne Able Career Services Center at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Philadelphia University has dedicated the Marianne Able Career Services Center to honor the legacy of its longtime former director.

Marianne Able served as the director of the Career Services Center from 1972 to 1996, during which time she helped thousands of students and alumni build successful careers. Able died unexpectedly in a 1996 car accident.

The dedication was supported by a generous donation from Able’s daughter Liz Copple ’84.

Marianne Able

Marianne Able

“The contributions my mother made during her lifetime, especially to the thousands of lives she directly touched over her 28-year career here at Philadelphia University, were many,” Copple said at an April 23 ribbon-cutting ceremony. “I want to thank the entire University community for allowing her legacy and purpose to continue in perpetuity at the Marianne Able Career Services Center at Philadelphia University.”

With help from a range of services and expertise provided by the Marianne Able Career Services Center, recent graduates of PhilaU have achieved a 95 percent job placement and graduate school success rate. Read more.

Able’s dedication to PhilaU also is preserved through a scholarship given in her memory to a deserving junior or senior with financial need. To learn more about the Marianne Able Scholarship or to make a gift, click here.

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