Six named to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

January 28, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- The Penn State Board of Trustees Friday (Jan. 22) selected six Penn State alumni to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual. Following are the 2010 Distinguished Alumni, year of graduation, and current title:

— Joan Amble earned her bachelor's degree (1975) in accounting from The Smeal College of Business. She is executive vice president and corporate comptroller for American Express Co. and resides in Darien, Conn.

— Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander, Air Force Space Command, earned his bachelor's degree in music education (1974) from the College of Education. He resides in Colorado Springs, Col.

— Daniel S. Mead of State College, Pa., earned his bachelor’s degree in quantitative business analysis (1975) and his master's degree in business administration (1977) from The Smeal College of Business. He is chief operating officer of Verizon Wireless.

— Karen B. Peetz of Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., earned her bachelor's degree in individual and family studies (1977) from the College of Health and Human Development. She is chief executive officer of financial markets and treasury services of The Bank of New York Mellon.

— Richard L. Trumka is president of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), with headquarters in Washington, D.C. He earned his bachelor's degree (1971) in accounting from The Smeal College of Business.

— Johannes D. Veldhuis of Rochester, Minn., is professor of medicine, consultant and clinical investigator at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic. He graduated valedictorian from the College of Medicine with a doctoral degree in medicine (1974).

Additionally, the following three individuals have been invited to return to the University in June to receive their Distinguished Alumnus Award (named in 2009).

— David L. Heymann, assistant director-general, Health Security and Environment, and representative of the director-general for polio eradication of the World Health Organization, earned his bachelor's degree in science (1966) from the Eberly College of Science. He resides in Sauverny, France.

— Jigme Yoser Thinley is the prime minister of Bhutan. He was the first student from Bhutan to select Penn State to complete degree work, and earned his master's degree in public administration (1976) from the College of the Liberal Arts.

— Xi Yao is the honorary (former) dean of the School of Electronics and Informatics Engineering, professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, and director, Electronic Materials Research Laboratory at Xian Jiaotong University, Xian, China. He earned his doctoral degree in solid state science (1982) from Penn State.

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Last Updated February 16, 2010