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Grad Honored with Benson Support

2/21/2018, 11:23 a.m.
To honor its retiring chief executive officer Jim Piro, Portland General Electric recently donated $100,000 to the engineering program at ...
1970 Benson graduate and Portland General Electric Chief Executive Officer Jim Piro (right) with Benson High School Principal Curtis Wilson.

To honor its retiring chief executive officer Jim Piro, Portland General Electric recently donated $100,000 to the engineering program at his alma mater, Benson High School.

But when the Portland School Board recognized Piro with a proclamation, he had a surprise of his own.

“I just wanted to let you know that my wife and I decided to match the grant, so now it’s $200,000,” Piro said, drawing a loud ovation in the Benson auditorium where the board meeting was held.

Piro was student body president at Benson before graduating in 1970. After graduating from Oregon State, he started a 37-year career at PGE, first as an engineer, then as President and CEO from 2009 to 2017.