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2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards were honored in April at a gala sponsored by the IUP Alumni Association. Video profiles appear at the IUP Alumni Community website.

John Ninosky

Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service, Harrisburg attorney John Ninosky ’93 is past president of the IUP Alumni Association board of directors and has served on the board six years. He is active on the Government Relations committee and in midstate admissions events. In his statewide practice with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, he defends health care professionals in medical malpractice and civil rights lawsuits and has successfully tried dozens of jury trials to verdict. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Dickinson School of Law. Born and raised in Irvona, he is former mayor and council president of Paxtang Borough.
Watch John Ninosky receive the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Stephen Abel

After a 27-year career with the US Army, retired colonel Stephen Abel ’73 served as deputy commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and as founding director of Veterans Programs and Services for Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He established and served as cochair of the myVA NJ Veteran and Community Network Board, which helps veterans understand their VA benefits and access services. In the Council Rock (Pennsylvania) School District, he volunteers in a program to integrate senior citizens into the school community. A native of Tamaqua, he grew up in Morrisville and now lives in Washington Crossing.
Watch Stephen Abel receive the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Susan Cosper

Susan Cosper ’92 is technical director of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and chairman of the Emerging Issues Task Force. The FASB sets US accounting standards for public and private companies and not-for-profits. During her tenure, she has overseen some of the board’s most challenging projects of recent times. As diversity leader, she also focuses on ways to promote diversity and inclusion at the FASB and within the accounting profession. Previously, she was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, in New York City and was the first female partner in PwC’s Pittsburgh office. Originally from Fairview, near Erie, she now lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Watch Susan Cosper receive the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Rose Dill Glenn

As senior vice president and chief communications and experience officer for Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System, Rose Dill Glenn ’82 was part of a small leadership team that guided the system on its journey to receive the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for performance excellence. That same year, she herself received the George Washington University Henry D. Paley Award for valedictorian in the Graduate School of Political Management. A mentor to dozens of public relations and marketing professionals, she is currently president-elect of the 4,000-member Society for Healthcare Strategy and Marketing Development. A native of Windber, she now lives in Northville, Michigan.
Watch Rose Dill Glenn receive the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Micheal Madigan

International artist Micheal Madigan ’80, M’86 creates paintings that are exhibited throughout the nation and around the world. His works are in private collections throughout the US and in more than a score of public collections in the Mid-Atlantic region and Europe. He has also been a teacher and an artist in residence in Ireland and Italy, as well as at the College of New Jersey and several other American colleges and institutions. Beginning as early as his college years, he has been recognized with numerous awards. Born and raised in Altoona, he now makes his home in Hamilton, New Jersey.
Watch Micheal Madigan receive the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Charles Neral

Following his IUP graduation, Charles Neral ’80 joined IBM as an operations analyst, and by 2004, he had become chief financial officer of IBM’s software business. He helped that business grow to nearly $25 billion in revenue before he left to become CFO of SafeNet in 2009. Joining SunGard as CFO in 2012, he helped lead a significant turnaround, and that company was ultimately sold for more than $9 billion in 2015. He is the founder and CEO of Neral Associates, LLC, which provides consulting services to private equity and public companies in the technology industry. He also serves on the board of Clarivate Analytics.
Watch Charles Neral receive the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

James Renacci

US Representative James Renacci ’80 was elected to Congress in 2010. A Republican representing Ohio’s 16th District, he serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget committees. His family’s first college graduate, he came to IUP from Monongahela and worked his way through school. After graduation, he became a certified public accountant at Grant Thornton in Pittsburgh. Following a move to Ohio, he founded LTC Management Services in Wadsworth, started a CPA firm, and eventually owned and operated more than 60 businesses. In 2004, he was elected Wadsworth’s mayor, and in 2017, he announced his candidacy for Ohio governor before instead entering the US Senate race in January.
Watch James Renacci receive the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Leslie Miller Purser

On the day she graduated from IUP, studio art major Leslie Miller Purser ’80 was awarded her Army commission as a second lieutenant and was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Today, Major General Purser is retired from the US Army after 37 years of service. Her last assignment was as principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. In that post, she oversaw Army manpower, training readiness, mobilization, recruitment, marketing, and diversity issues. Among her decorations are two Distinguished Service Medals, four Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Iraqi Campaign Medal. Born in Bellefonte and raised in Towanda, she has held command and staff positions in the United States, Europe, and Iraq. She now lives in Dandridge, Tennessee.
Watch Leslie Miller Purser receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.