Alumni Updates: July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018

— Wayne K. Hoy, a 1965 doctoral alumnus of the College of Education, was inducted into the 2018 Hall of Fame of the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State. Now professor emeritus at Ohio State, he served as the endowed Novice G. Fawcett chair in educational administration for 19 years before retiring in 2013. He was nominated for the Hall of Fame by his many former students and peers for his 48-year career as a prolific, trailblazing scholar who illuminated how successful American schools work and how they might be improved. He has published more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored or co-authored 12 books. Hoy received the Excellence in Education Award from Penn State in 1991 and became an Alumni Fellow in 1996.

— Joe Luther, who earned his bachelor's degree in workforce education and is a current master's student in the program, was invited to give testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce. His testimony will take place on Wednesday, July 25, and is expected to be televised at a later date on CSPAN. Luther teaches at the Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania.

— Kelly Ward, who earned her master's degree in public administration from Penn State in 1988 and her doctorate in higher education from Penn State in 1995, died July 8, 2018, at age 54, following an accident on July 3. Ward was on the University Park campus as a facilitator and speaker for the Academic Leadership Academy this past June. For the full obituary, visit

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Last Updated July 18, 2018