UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Twenty-four Penn State alumni were honored Oct. 5 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
Since the award was established in 1973, only 689 alumni have been honored with the title of Alumni Fellow, designated as permanent and lifelong title by the Penn State Board of Trustees. This represents one-eighth of one percent of all 557,000 living Penn State alumni.
"The Alumni Fellow program gives us the opportunity to showcase the significant contributions Penn Staters make to our nation and the world," said Roger L. Williams, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association. "At the same time, we are giving these shining stars a chance to share their expertise with students, faculty and staff while on campus."
This year's Alumni Fellow recipients, along with their graduation year, current title, career affiliation and hometown, are:
-- F. Alan Andersen '69, '72g, director of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (Columbia, Md.);
-- Barbara J. Arnold '82, '85g, '89g, founder and president of PrepTech Inc. (Apollo, Pa.);
-- Arthur L. Baldwin '69, senior manager and technical adviser at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory and president of Baldwin Investment Management Group LLC (White Oak, Pa.);
-- Raul G. Benavides '87g, vice president for business development at Compania de Minas Buenaventura (Lima, Peru);
-- Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman '75, '80g, research leader and center director of the U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service's Carl Hayden Bee Research Center (Tucson, Ariz.);
-- Nicholas J. DeIuliis '90, president of CONSOL Energy Inc. (Upper St. Clair, Pa.);
-- Steven L. Fisher '70, chairman/CEO of PEI-Genesis (Rydal, Pa.);
-- Gregory F. Flemming '63, retired executive from IBM (Fleetwood, Pa.);
-- David C. Han '88, '05g, vascular surgeon, associate professor of surgery and radiology and vice chair for educational affairs in the Department of Surgery at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine (Hummelstown, Pa.);
-- Jeffrey L. Hyde '77, '80g, senior tax counsel for General Electric Co. (Ridgefield, Conn.);
-- Vincent J. Intrieri '84, senior managing director of Icahn Capital Management and director/partner of a number of Icahn subsidiaries and holding companies (New York, N.Y.);
-- William C. Lane '75, '79g, director of government affairs for Caterpillar (Vienna, Va.);
-- William Neil '66, the organist of the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic and the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. (Marshall, Va.);
-- John A. Norwig '79, '84g, head athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers (Wexford, Pa.);
-- Clyde W. Shuman Jr. '68, co-founder and CEO of Precision Medical Inc. (Allentown, Pa.);
-- Dale R. Simbeck '69, partner and vice president of technology of SFA Pacific Inc. (San Francisco);
-- D. Brooks Smith '76g, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Altoona, Pa.);
-- George J. Todd '74g, the Walter A. Wichern Jr. Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospital Center (Westchester County, N.Y.);
-- R. Seth Williams '89, district attorney for the City of Philadelphia (West Philadelphia, Pa.);
-- Robert F. Wilson '73, professor of medicine, executive medical director for the University of Minnesota Physicians Cardiovascular Service Line, director of the Interventional Cardiology Training Program, and the Fred C. and Katherine B. Anderson Foundation Chair in Adult Clinical Cardiology (St. Paul, Minn.);
-- Linda Yaccarino-Madrazo '85, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Turner Broadcasting (Sea Cliff, N.Y.);
-- Gerald L. Zahorchak '94g, director of strategic initiatives of Allentown School District (Johnstown, Pa.);
-- Thomas F. Zenty III '77, CEO of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio (Shaker Heights, Ohio); and
-- LeRoy S. Zimmerman '59g, senior counsel at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC (Harrisburg, Pa).
Brief bios follow. Complete bios can be found at http://alumni.psu.edu/awards/individual online.
The Alumni Fellow program is administered by the Penn State Alumni Association in cooperation with the University's academic colleges, campuses and the Office of the President. Alumni are nominated by a college or campus as leaders in their professional fields and accept an invitation from the President of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty and administrators. Each Alumni Fellow received a commemorative award, designed and hand cast by Jeanne Stevens-Sollman '72g, an acclaimed sculptor and medalist and an Alumni Fellow.
The Penn State Alumni Association is the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world with more than 165,000 members. Established in 1870, the Alumni Association strives to connect alumni to the University and to each other, provide valuable benefits to members and support the University's mission of teaching, research and service. For more information on the Alumni Association, go to http://www.alumni.psu.edu online.
F. Alan Andersen '69, '72g of Columbia, Md., is the director of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, an organization that reviews and assesses the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics. He began his career at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a researcher in the Bureau of Radiological Health Laboratories and led the FDA's efforts on issues including toxic shock syndrome, sunlamp safety, and the evaluation of silicone breast implants. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Public Health Service Superior Service Award and the FDA Award of Merit, Anderson also has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and chaired the American National Standards Institute's Medical Device Standards Board.
Barbara J. Arnold '82, '85g, '89g is the founder and president of PrepTech Inc., an engineering services and mineral processing equipment company in Apollo, Pa. Her research and development experience in the areas of coal cleaning, handling and blending has included projects for government, industry funding agencies, and private companies. She has authored more than 50 publications and is the former chair of the Coal & Energy Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). She serves on the Board of Directors and is the SME Foundation's president and is on the editorial boards of several industry journals.
Arthur L. Baldwin '69 of White Oak, Pa., is a senior manager and technical adviser at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory and president of Baldwin Investment Management Group LLC. He is internationally recognized as a fossil energy expert and has more than 40 years of scientific, engineering and management experience in government, industry and academia. A 1989 recipient of the Department of Energy's Service to Society Award as part of the 1,000 Points of Light Program for Volunteerism, Baldwin recently completed his term on the Eberly College of Science Alumni Advisory Board.
Raul G. Benavides '87g is vice president for business development of the Lima, Peru-based Compania de Minas Buenaventura, a socially conscious mining company dedicated to improving the prosperity of the country and its people. Benavides has played an influential role in professional circles and in Peruvian society for his focus on worker health and safety and environmental stewardship. He has held positions with mining companies, oversight organizations and universities. In addition to his Penn State degree, Benavides holds a bachelor's degree in mining engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and completed Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.
Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman '75, '80g is the research leader and center director of the U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service's Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Ariz. With nearly three decades in bee research and more than 100 articles and book chapters, she is considered a world-renowned expert in her field. Her fields of interest include the biology of Africanized bees and Colony Collapse Disorder, among other areas. The recipient of numerous awards including the J.H. Comstock Award from the Entomological Society of America, DeGrandi-Hoffman has had her work featured in documentaries on the Discovery Channel and PBS.
Nicholas J. DeIuliis '90 is president of CONSOL Energy Inc. in Pittsburgh, a leading diversified energy producer in the Appalachian basin. A resident of Upper St. Clair, Pa., he is responsible for the company's coal, natural gas and energy operations. Deluliis received Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007 and also is director-at-large of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. He serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
Steven L. Fisher '70 is the chairman/CEO of Philadelphia-based PEI-Genesis -- a company his father co-founded in 1946 -- which today is considered the largest industrial and military connector distributor in North America and Europe. The fastest-growing of the top three aerospace distributors, the company has developed products that have helped to illuminate the Eiffel Tower, interconnect high-tech Disney characters and even fly U.S. space shuttles. A resident of Rydal, Pa., Fisher is an active volunteer with Penn State's English Department and helped to endow a teaching mentorship and writer-in-residence program.
Gregory F. Flemming '63 was integrally involved in the development and rollout of Solid State Logic Technology for the System 360, the first mass-produced commercial computer at IBM. He spent more than 30 years in various executive positions in manufacturing and product development at IBM in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is the former manager of manufacturing and engineering for IBM Sweden, director of worldwide operations for the IBM System Products Division, and former plant manager/assistant general manager at IBM in Endicott, N.Y.
David C. Han '88, '05g is a vascular surgeon, associate professor of surgery and radiology and vice chair for educational affairs in the Department of Surgery at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. Han is a nationally recognized surgeon and an expert in health care policy issues, and recently was elected to the American Medical Association Relative Value Scale Update Committee, which makes recommendations to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services about physician-provided services.
Jeffrey L. Hyde '77, '80g of Ridgefield, Conn., is a senior tax counsel for General Electric Co. and is one of the foremost experts on state tax policy and issues in the United States. A former partner with Arthur Anderson LLP, he headed the company's state and local tax practice for Washington, D.C. Hyde is a member of the College of the Liberal Arts Development Council and the Political Science Alumni Board of Visitors and is credited with helping to establish the first early career professorship in political science.
Vincent J. Intrieri '84 is senior managing director of Icahn Capital Management and director/partner of a number of Icahn subsidiaries and holding companies. Intrieri has been described by Fortune Magazine as "one of Carl Icahn's two chief scouts and dealmakers … a CPA with a sharp eye for salvageable bankruptcy situations." A nontraditional student who worked full time while attending Penn State Erie, he began his accounting career in Erie before joining Coopers and Lybrand in Pittsburgh. Intrieri is the current chairman of PSC Metals Corp., and is a board member of Motorola Solutions Inc., XO Holdings Inc., Dynergy Inc., Icahn Enterprises LP, National Energy Group Inc. and Federal Mogul Corp.
William C. Lane '75, '79g is the Washington, D.C., director of government affairs for Caterpillar and a leading business advocate for free trade and global engagement. Named by The Hill newspaper for the past seven years as one of the top 30 business lobbyists in the country, Lane currently co-chairs the U.S. Latin America Trade Coalition, a group supporting free trade agreements with Columbia and Panama, and is co-president of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign. He also is a member of The German Marshall Fund Task Force on Development and the Peace Corps Review Team.
William Neil '66 is the organist of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), the National Philharmonic and the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. One of the most sought-after keyboardists in the country, he has appeared as an NSO soloist under the baton of many of the world's greatest conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Lorin Maazel and Neville Marriner. A resident of Marshall, Va., Neil has served on the faculties of George Mason University and Catholic University.
John A. Norwig '79, '84g is head athletic trainer for the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers and frequent lecturer across the country on topics related to athletic injuries. For the past 20 years, Norwig and his staff have been preventing, recognizing, treating and rehabbing injuries to Steelers' players, as well as working with players and coaches on training regimens. He also was part of the team that developed cutting-edge tools for use by trainers, including a concussion assessment tool. Under Norwig's direction, the Steelers have taken a lead role in the NFL by hiring full-time female athletic trainers.
Clyde W. Shuman Jr. '68 is co-founder and CEO of Precision Medical Inc., a manufacturer and provider of respiratory health products to hospital, home care, long-term care and related markets worldwide. The 26-year-old company is a major player in the respiratory health device market, employing 170 people with more than $50 million in annual sales. Shuman currently holds 10 patents and was the recipient of the College of Engineering's Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award in 2005.
Dale R. Simbeck '69 is a partner and vice president of technology of SFA Pacific Inc., a company he co-founded specializing in evaluation services in the oil refining, power generation, environmental control, petrochemical and renewable energy industries. Simbeck lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an international expert in global climate change issues, CO2 mitigation and clean energy technologies. He was one of the lead authors on the 2005 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on CO2 Capture and Storage, and in 2007 the panel shared that year's Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore Jr.
D. Brooks Smith '76g is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit where he presides over federal cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is the former chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. In recent years, he has assisted the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Justices, USAID and other organizations in the rule of law efforts in Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, the Philippines, Russia and Ukraine. Smith is a member of the American Law Institute.
George J. Todd '74g is the Walter A. Wichern Jr. Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. Todd is the author of more than 100 publications in his field and has lectured extensively throughout the world. He has been consistently listed on every compilation of the "Best Doctors in New York" and the "Top Doctors in America," and served as consulting surgeon to the New York Yankees since 1995.
R. Seth Williams '89 is the first African-American district attorney in both the city of Philadelphia and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. When he was elected in 2009, his campaign received more than 75 percent of the vote. Employing 600 lawyers, detectives and support staff, his office oversees the largest prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania, and is responsible for the prosecution of more than 75,000 criminal cases annually. Williams also is an adjunct professor at Villanova and Temple law schools and at Penn State Abington, and is a major in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve.
Robert F. Wilson '73 has dedicated his professional life to training new physicians and developing new methods for diagnosing and treating heart disease. He is a professor of medicine, executive medical director for the University of Minnesota Physicians Cardiovascular Service Line, director of the Interventional Cardiology Training Program, and the Fred C. and Katherine B. Anderson Foundation Chair in Adult Clinical Cardiology. He is also the author of more than 100 professional publications and peer reviewed articles and holds numerous patents for cardiovascular treatment devices. Most recently, he developed a heart valve that can be implanted through a catheter.
Linda Yaccarino-Madrazo '85 is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Turner Broadcasting and responsible for advertising sales, sales marketing and program acquisition efforts for Turner's television networks. Adweek named Yaccarino-Madrazo as one of 2011's "Ten Most Powerful Women in TV" and wrote that "at Turner, Linda Yaccarino is the powerhouse of sales" for her successes at garnering advertising rates that "are barely distinguishable from those at broadcast shows." She's been named as an Advertising Age "Woman To Watch" and one of TV Week's "Top 25 Women in Television."
Gerald L. Zahorchak '94g is the director of strategic initiatives of Allentown School District, the third-largest district in Pennsylvania, and the former secretary of education under Gov. Ed Rendell for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was responsible for the education of nearly 2 million children in the Commonwealth and administered a budget of more than $9 billion annually from 2005-10. Prior to his current post, he was the superintendent of the Allentown School District, where he oversaw the education of more than 17,000 students and led a team of more than 2,200 faculty and staff.
Thomas F. Zenty III '77 is the CEO of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, where he leads a $2 billon health system comprising nine hospitals, 19 ambulatory medical centers, 160 physician offices and 20,000 employees. Under his leadership, University Hospitals recently completed a $1.2 billion strategic expansion. He has been honored with numerous awards, including B'nai B'rith International's National Healthcare Leadership Award and the YWCA's Women of Achievement Award for Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women. In 2008, he was inducted into the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame and most recently was named to Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.
LeRoy S. Zimmerman '59g is senior counsel at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC, a regional law firm in the United States. Prior to his current post, Zimmerman served as the first elected attorney general of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for formulating the legal and law enforcement strategies for the Commonwealth. He also served for three terms as the district attorney of Dauphin County. Aside from his law commitments, Zimmerman is a member of the boards and currently serves as chair of the Milton Hershey School, the Hershey Trust Co. and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co.