Q You gave a generous gift to support studentships in the arts and the humanities. What was it about this particular cause that interested you?
A For over 100 years, the Pigott family has championed education. We believe that people and companies alike are enriched by a good balance between work, education and social commitment. Young men and women are the future, and by providing them with the opportunity to learn about the world, all of society benefits. So my family has a long tradition of supporting scholarships, school buildings and technology in order to advance understanding.
Q Why did you choose to give to Cambridge in particular?
A I am deeply impressed with the wonderful environment that this 800-year-old institution provides for its students to learn, grow and prosper. Cambridge as an institution is a global leader, and as an employer of talented graduates from across the world, I know first-hand that it is producing the global leaders of tomorrow.
Q What aspects of Cambridge particularly inspire you?
A As something of a polymath (my background is in engineering, business and the arts, and I am an avid bibliophile and connoisseur of the Elizabethan age) Cambridge holds endless fascination. I take so much pleasure in the classic designs of King's Chapel and the Mathematical Bridge, and marvel at the sophistication of the technology employed centuries ago. I have also enjoyed touring the Wren Library and immersing myself in the art museums, including the Fitzwilliam and Parker.
Mr Mark Pigott Hon OBE is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PACCAR Inc, a Fortune 150 company based in Bellevue, Washington, USA. He is a generous patron and enthusiastic supporter of the University of Cambridge. In 2008, Mr Pigott made a significant gift for the establishment of the Pigott Scholars Program, directed towards graduate students applying for the Humanities and Arts. He generously donated to Judge Business School in the information technology area, and has lectured at the School on several occasions.
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