Penn State Smeal names Alumni Award recipients

April 13, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Smeal College of Business has announced the recipients of its 2021 and 2020 Alumni Awards.

The Smeal Alumni Society Board of Directors recognizes those who demonstrate leadership and service, work to further diversity and sustainability efforts, and attain outstanding career achievements, which enhance the prestige of the college.

Nominations are solicited annually from Smeal faculty, staff, students and alumni.

A full description of each award can be found by clicking on the name of the award in the following list:

A full biography and video for each honoree can be found by clicking on the name of each recipient.

2021 recipients

Diversity Leadership Award

Renée L. Baker (2012 EMBA)

Gerald I. Susman Sustainability Leadership Award

Jean Oelwang (1987 Marketing)

Outstanding Young Professional Award

Tony Thambinayagam (2009 Supply Chain Management)

Service to Smeal Award

Arthur Miltenberger (1960 Business Administration)

Jonathan B. Taylor (1990 Accounting)

Distinguished Achievement Award

Patrick G. Durbin (1991 Accounting)

Karla Trotman (1998 Business Logistics)

2020 Recipients

Diversity Leadership Award

Gregory A. Newman (2009 Marketing)

Outstanding Young Professional Award

Laura Cushing (2012 Finance)

Service to Smeal Award

Dr. Jeff Kaplan (2007 EMBA)

William C. Lane (1975 Accounting)

Distinguished Achievement Award

John Burke (1982 Marketing)

Steven W. French (1983 Marketing)

Rebecca J. Savikas (1999 Marketing)

George E. Strickler (1969 Accounting)

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Last Updated April 19, 2021