Eberly College of Business alumni were inducted into the 2014 Business Hall of
Distinction at the 36th annual Charles B. Stevenson Memorial
Business Day on April 1 in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
first 2014 Business Hall of Distinction inductee was Patricia Darnley ’81, who
is president and CEO of Gateway Health Plan, a $1.6-billion managed care
organization in Pittsburgh. Darnley has also worked for UPMC Health Plan and
Leyh ’80 is chairman, president, and CEO of Enterprise Bank, a bank created to
help small businesses with their funding needs. In addition to working at the
bank, Leyh is a CPA and partner at the Kinol, Sharie, Leyh & Associates
with more than 30 years of experience in accounting.
Simoni ’94 is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP as well as the leader
of the Houston marketplace, where he is responsible for managing an
approximately $100-million practice.
Wagner ’75 is the chairman, president, and CEO of Northwest Bancshares, Inc.
and Northwest Savings Bank, one of Forbes’ 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in
2009 and 2012. Before working at Northwest Bancshares, Wagner was a VP of
Finance and CFO of Fidelity Savings Association, business manager at St. Mary’s
Area School District, and senior accountant at KPMG.
“Our business leaders and Hall
of Distinction members have served as role models and mentors for our students
and our students have appreciated the opportunity to interact with them at this
event," said Assistant Dean of Administration Cyndy Strittmatter.
than 700 Eberly College of Business students attended the event, which began
with departmental meetings from 9:00–10:30 a.m. and continued with a networking
session with 50 business leaders and students from 10:30–11:45.
Strittmatter added that Business Day is Eberly’s premier annual professional development and
“We are very fortunate to have an engaged business advisory council
consisting of alumni and other business professionals,” Strittmatter said. “They
are truly interested in the professional growth of our students.”
students were then recognized for their achievements and participation in
Eberly’s more than 15 professional student organizations.
Day continued with the Business Hall of Distinction Luncheon, where the four
Eberly alumni were recognized.
day concluded with a Business Advisory Council meeting, which focused on review and discussion pertaining to the college’s
mission statement and vision statement.