Eight selected to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Board of Trustees today (Jan. 17) selected eight Penn State alumni to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual. The following individuals will be contacted regarding official notification of their selection.

-- Steven H. Brose, of Rockville, Md., is a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science (1969) from the College of the Liberal Arts.

-- Louis J. Grabowsky is the chief operating officer of Grant Thornton LLP, in Chicago. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting (1962) from The Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business, and resides in Dallas.
          
-- Karen L. Hughes-Quintos resides in Austin, Texas, where she is the senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Dell Inc. She earned her bachelor's degree in business logistics (1985) from The Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business.

-- Charles I. "Chip" Kidd is the associate art director for Alfred A. Knopf Publishing, a Division of Random House LLC, in New York. He earned his bachelor's degree in graphic design (1986) from the College of Arts and Architecture.

-- Michael W. Laphen, of Great Falls, Va., is the retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of Computer Sciences Corp. in Falls Church, Va. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting (1972) from The Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business.

-- Stephen L. Mayo resides in Pasadena, Calif., where he is the Bowes Foundation division chair, Division of Biology, and the Bren professor of biology and chemistry for the California Institute of Technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry (1983) from the Eberly College of Science.

-- Terrence M. Pegula is the founder of East Resources, a natural gas drilling company, and is currently the owner of the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) and the Rochester Americans (AHL). He received his bachelor's degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering (1973) from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

-- Nicholas Pelick, of Bellefonte, Pa., is the founder, and retired president and chief executive officer of Supelco, a member of the SIGMA-ALDRICH Group. He earned his bachelor's degree in agriculture (1960) from the College of Agricultural Sciences, and his master's degree in biochemistry (1964) from the Eberly College of Science.

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Last Updated January 30, 2014