A well-known actor/director and the man who developed Retin A are among 21 people who will be honored this year as Penn State Alumni Fellows during the award's 25th year of existence. Conceived in 1973, the Alumni Fellow Award is the most prestigious given by the Penn State Alumni Association and it honors prominent and outstanding alumni who have made notable contributions to society and their community. The award is administered in cooperation with each of Penn State's academic colleges.
This year's 21 fellows will be honored Oct. 25. They are:
* College of Agricultural Sciences
David A. Morrow III '56, consulting veterinarian/owner-manager, Arch Spring Farm
* College of Arts and Architecture
Jonathan S. Frakes '74, actor, director and producer, Goepp Circle Productions
* College of Communications
Elizabeth A. Fetter '80, vice president and general manager of consumer retail, US WEST Communications
* College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Raymond J. Ban '73, senior vice president of meteorological affairs and operations, The Weather Channel; and David M. Demshur '77, president and CEO, Core Laboratories
* College of Education
David Cotterill '60, executive vice president, retired, Wachovia Corp.; and Gordon Johnson '63g, president and CEO of Jane Addams Hull House Association
* College of Engineering
Thomas A. Bathgate '70, president, Pennell & Wiltberger Inc.; Harold W. Gehman Jr. '65, admiral, United States Navy; and Carol Clement Knauff '69, vice president, global markets for AT&T;
* College of Health and Human Development
Albert M. Kligman '39, M.D., emeritus professor of dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; and Gregory H. Wolf '77, president and CEO, Humana Inc.
* College of the Liberal Arts
Bruce L. Claflin '73, president and CEO, 3Com Corp.; and Gary Kaplan '62, president, Gary Kaplan & Associates
* College of Medicine
Elizabeth Hirak Field, M.D. '78, associate professor of internal medicine, The University of Iowa College of Medicine;
* Eberly College of Science
Edward J. Beckwith '71, attorney/partner, Baker & Hostetler; Stephen H. Mahle '69g, president, Medtronic Inc./ president, Cardiac Rhythm Management;
* The Smeal College of Business Administration
Richard W. Dugan '63, Mid-Atlantic Area managing partner, Ernst & Young LLP; Richard K. Struthers '77, senior vice chairman, MBNA America
* Penn State Erie
Mark H. Loevner '54, former president, CEO and chairman of the board, Trau & Loevner Inc.
* Penn State Harrisburg
Valerie Lorenz '75, '78g, executive director, The Compulsive Gambling Center Inc.
The Alumni Fellow Award program invites the fellows to return to the University to share their expertise with students, faculty and administrators. The fellows teach classes, lead seminars and meet informally with students and faculty for a few days each fall. The award provides a dimension not otherwise available in the traditional college classroom.
Richard W. Dugan
Richard K. Struthers
Executives Richard W. Dugan and Richard K. Struthers, both alumni of The Smeal College of Business Administration, will be recognized Oct. 23 as Penn State Alumni Fellows.
Dugan, a 1963 graduate in accounting, is the mid-Atlantic area managing partner for the Big Five accounting firm of Ernst & Young, LLP. Struthers, who earned a bachelor's degree in management and organization in 1977, is senior executive vice president and a co-founder of MBNA America, a credit card holding bank for Visa and MasterCard.
Dugan, a resident of Bethesda, Md., has long been a leader in the alumni affairs of The Smeal College, and recently stepped down from the Smeal Alumni Society Board of Directors after serving three successive three-year terms. He had been president of the Smeal alumni board, and now is a member of the Smeal College's national committee for Penn State's upcoming capital campaign. In addition, Dugan serves on the Penn State Alumni Council and is on the executive committee of that body.
A 35-year veteran of Ernst & Young, Dugan began his career as a staff auditor with the firm's Pittsburgh office after he graduated. He was named a partner in 1976, and promoted to managing partner in 1979. In 1989, he was moved to Washington, D.C., to manage Ernst & Young's offices there. He was named to his current position in 1993.
He has been active in numerous community organizations in the capitol area, including the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Greater Washington Research Center, the Economic Club, and the Federal City Council.
Struthers' company was founded in 1982 with $160 million in loans and
today is a firm with $50 billion in loans serving more than
25 million credit-card customers both domestically and abroad.
Struthers frequently returns to University Park to work with students in The Smeal College and helps recruit graduates for the MBNA management development program. The company is a member of The Smeal College's Corporate Associates Program and provides significant support to an array of University programs and projects. Together with his wife, Struthers recently created the Richard and Sharon Struthers Family Scholarship to benefit Penn State business students.
He serves as a member of the Smeal campaign committee and is a member of the Penn State Alumni Council. Among his other volunteer activities, Struthers serves on the board of Emmaus House, a shelter for the homeless in Newark, Del.
The College of Communications will welcome Elizabeth A. Fetter , a 1980 graduate, as its 1998 Alumni Fellow, for several days of classes and events from Oct. 2427.
Fetter, vice president and general manager of the Consumer Unit at US West in Denver, will be honored along with past and present Alumni Fellows. While on campus, Fetter also will visit with telecommunications faculty and students and be interviewed on the WPSX program, "Take Note."
Fetter has held numerous management positions in several telecommunications companies over the past 15 years. Before joining US West in January of this year, she was vice president and general manager of operator and directory services for SBC Telecommunications. While working for Pacific Bell from 199197, Fetter was one of the youngest officers appointed by the company when she was named president of the company's $2.3 billion Industry Markets Group in 1995.
For her business leadership and community commitment, Fetter has received numerous awards from Pacific Bell and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a member of the board of trustees of Golden Gate University, the extension advisory board for the University of California at Berkeley, and the executive board for Vivus, a start-up pharmaceutical company.
Fetter holds a master's degree in industrial administration and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She also studied sociology and economics at Exeter University in England.
Two graduates of the College of Education, David Cotterill and Gordon Johnson, have been named 1998 Alumni Fellows by the Penn State Alumni Association.
A 1960 graduate in psychology, (which was once housed in the College of Education) Cotterill retired in 1994 as executive vice president of Wachovia Corp. and president of Wachovia Trust Services Inc. At the time, Wachovia Trust Services had assets of more than $92 billion under management for individuals and corporations, and employed 1,223 staff members.
Cotterill currently serves on various advisory boards and boards of directors including Winston-Salem State University, Old Salem Inc., Salem Academy and College, and the Roanoke Island Historical Association. He serves as vice chairman of the Cancer Center Advisory Board of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine/North Carolina Baptist Hospital Medical Center and the Executive Council of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. He was also vice chairman of the board of VideoFinancial Services Inc., a joint venture of Wachovia and six other national banks. Listed in Who's Who in America, he has served as president of the Winston-Salem Rotary Club and is national director and chairman of the Educational Services Council of the Bank Administration Institute.
Johnson, who graduated with a master's degree in rehabilitation services in 1963, is president and CEO of Jane Addams Hull House Association, a nationally recognized non-profit social service agency that annually serves 225,000 people through six community centers and 35 satellites throughout metropolitan Chicago. Founded in 1889 by Nobel Laureate Jane Addams, Hull House Association offers more than 100 creative programs of self-reliance, addressing such social issues as child care, foster care, literacy, domestic violence, gang intervention, independent living for young people, economic development, homebound senior citizens, teen pregnancy, drug abuse and the arts.
As president and CEO since 1990, Johnson has initiated model foster care and teen independent living programs. Under his leadership the agency budget has grown from $9 million to $35 million, while staff has doubled in size to more than 700 employees.
He is on the board of trustees at Thiel College; a member on the council of executives for the Child Welfare League of America Inc.; a member of the American Society of Public Administrators; a commissioner for the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission; and a task force member of the Death Fatality Task Force for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
A 1992 Blackbooks Community Conscience Award recipient, Johnson is also the recipient of the Ford Foundation/Harvard University Innovations Award and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Significant Achievement Award.
Gregory H. Wolf, president and chief executive officer of Humana Inc., one of the largest managed health care companies in the United States, has been named a Penn State Alumni Fellow.
Wolf earned his bachelor's degree from Penn State in 1977 and his master's degree from Central Michigan University in 1988. Since his graduation, Wolf has held many distinguished positions within his field. He began in an entry level sales position at Blue Cross and Blue Shield and in 1988, moved to Employers Health Insurance as vice president in charge of marketing and sales. He later held the positions of senior vice president and executive vice president before assuming the president's post at Employers Health. In 1994, Wolf led the company through an initial public offering of the Emphesys Financial Group.
Wolf joined Humana in 1995 through the acquisition of EMPHESYS/Employers Health Insurance, then the nation's 10th largest insurance company. In July 1996, he was named chief operating officer and then president in September 1996. Humana is a leading provider of health plans. Through Wolf's leadership, Humana continues to be one of the largest managed health care companies in the United States with nearly 6.2 million members and total assets topping $3.2 billion.
Wolf also has played a leadership role in many organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Green Bay before his move to Kentucky. In addition, Wolf is a member of the Board of Directors for National City Bank of Kentucky.
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