Congressman Tim Holden receives Alumni Association's legislative award

HERSHEY, Pa. -- U.S. Rep. Tim Holden, D-17th District, Pennsylvania, received the seventh annual Friend of Penn State legislative award for the significant role he has played in the continued improvement of Penn State at an Oct. 12 ceremony at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Since 2006, the award has been presented annually by the Penn State Alumni Association. Holden was named the 2012 recipient by the Legislative Education and Advocacy Committee of Alumni Council, the governing body of the Penn State Alumni Association.

In choosing Holden to receive the award, committee members noted in particular his efforts over several years to secure nearly $40 million for the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.

First elected to Congress in 1992, Holden began his 10th term in January 2011. He represents the 17th District, which comprises Schuylkill, Dauphin and Lebanon counties and parts of Perry and Berks counties.

The award was presented to Holden at the ceremony by Wafik S. El-Deiry, associate director for translational research at the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, chief of hematology and oncology at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Rose Dunlap Professor of Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine.

In 2009, El-Deiry said, “the vision of a world-class, state-of-the-art cancer institute at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center became a reality, due in large part to Congressman Holden’s remarkable effort to secure nearly $40 million in federal funding.”

Over many years, Holden worked with Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute leadership and the U.S. Department of Defense to identify opportunities for collaboration that would bring federal funding to the Cancer Institute.

"It's been an honor and privilege to work closely with the professionals at Penn State to ensure that people in central Pennsylvania have access to a state-of-the-art cancer facility right in their backyard,” Holden said.

“I'm very proud of the highly trained team of doctors, scientists and surgeons who work at the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute and the breakthrough achievements they have already realized in their search to find a cure for all types of cancer.”

Holden’s complete bio is available at

The Penn State Alumni Association is the world’s largest dues-paying alumni association with more than 169,000 members. More information on the Alumni Association is available at For more information on the Friend of Penn State Award, go to the individual award section at

Media Contacts: 
Last Updated October 16, 2012