Linsalata Surpasses $2M in Gifts to YSU with $325K Donation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Jocelyne Kollay Linsalata, a Youngstown State University national/global trustee, has given more than $2 million to the university and the YSU Foundation.  

A donation of $325,000 to the Zoldan Family Student Center campaign pushed Linsalata past the $2 million mark, and she will now be recognized in the YSU Transformation Giving Society.

Linsalata, a native of Youngstown, graduated from Chaney High School and is a two-time graduate of YSU. She was appointed as a national/global trustee in 2023 and served on the YSU Foundation Board of Trustees from 2007-2023. She served as board chair from 2017-2019 and as chair of the We See Tomorrow fundraising campaign, the largest fundraising campaign in YSU history, which raised more than $126 million. 

Linsalata sits on the Advisory Council for the Williamson College of Business Administration and is the recipient of YSU’s Friend of the University Award, as well as the Williamson College of Business Administration’s Outstanding Alumni Service Award.

She serves as a committee member on the Campaign for Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building and the Committee for Student Success at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and on the Social Concerns Committee at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Gates Mills, Ohio. She has also volunteered in multiple capacities with University Hospitals, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland and the Village of Gates Mills. In 2014, she was recognized by the Cleveland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as an Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer. 

The Zoldan Family Student Center will replace Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus. The total cost of the new center is projected to be $45 million, with the goal of raising $20 million philanthropically. The center will be built on the current site of Kilcawley Center with updates to accommodate and fit the environment of current and future students, including a food court, meeting rooms and student organization offices.  

Pictured at top: Jocelyne Kollay Linsalata announces the extension of the We See Tomorrow fundraising campaign at the YSU Foundation in January 2020.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.