Timothy G. Rupert will receive
the 2016 Indiana University of Pennsylvania President’s Medal of Distinction for
Driscoll, IUP president, will present the award to Rupert at the annual
Leader’s Circle of Indiana County awards event on April 20, 2016, at the Kovalchick
Convention and Athletic Complex.
President’s Medal of Distinction is the highest nondegree award the university
presents. It was established in 1985 to honor citizens of the state and region
whose professional achievement or public service is of national significance or
special significance to the university.
has contributed 11 years of service on the Foundation for IUP Board of
Directors, five of them as president. In 2016, he was elected Director Emeritus
by the Foundation for IUP Board of Directors, the first individual to be so
recognized in the history of FIUP.
for Director Emeritus must have served two three-year terms on the board, made
gifts to the Foundation at the $50,000 level or greater, and have demonstrated
exemplary commitment to the mission, vision, and objectives of the Foundation.
leadership has been instrumental in developing, extending and enhancing the
Foundation and its incredible support of IUP,” President Driscoll said. “FIUP has been, and continues to be, a key partner in our work—from the Residential Revival, which transformed our physical campus, to
ongoing fundraising efforts like the Sutton Scholarship—along with many
other leadership initiatives.
have personally benefited from Tim’s advice, counsel, and expertise. His dedication
to his alma mater represents the best of IUP’s graduates.”
a member of the FIUP board, he has been chair or co-chair of the Finance,
Audit, Nominating, and Residence Hall committees. During his terms as
president, the Foundation strengthened itself organizationally and financially,
enabling FIUP to provide greater support to IUP, its mission.
am extremely honored to receive this award and grateful for the opportunity to
give back to the university and community that gave so much to my wife and me,”
Rupert said. “I am proud of what the Foundation has achieved and the staff and
board of directors that made it happen.”
and his wife, Susan, are both from Indiana. The couple established the Tim and
Susan Rupert Scholarship for Indiana County students in honor of their own
opportunity to grow up in Indiana and attend IUP.
was recognized with the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001 for his
outstanding professional achievements as a chief executive officer in the
international metals industry.
After his 1968 graduation from IUP, Rupert joined U.S. Steel Corporation in
its computer services division, where he held various analytical posts at the
company’s Pittsburgh Service Center. In 1979, Rupert was named assistant
district credit manager for the New York region. He advanced to senior investment analyst in
New York in 1981 and manager of New York treasury operations in 1983. Rupert
returned to the Pittsburgh headquarters in 1984 and became director of
corporate treasury administration in 1986, director of corporate finance in
1988, and director of corporate staff in 1990.
In 1990, USX Corporation
reorganized its ownership position in the titanium industry and created RMI
Titanium Company. Recognizing the critical need for strong leadership, USX
Corporation transferred Rupert to RMI where he served in as executive vice
president and chief financial officer. During this time of his financial
leadership, RMI restructured and created a holding company, RTI International
Metals, Incorporated, trading publicly on the New York Stock Exchange and
headquartered in Niles, Ohio.
In 1999, Rupert was
named president and chief executive officer of RTI International Metals, Inc.
He was also a member of the company’s board of directors. He retired in 2007.
RTI produces a variety
of products composed of titanium and other special metals serving aerospace,
chemical processing, medical implant, oil and gas, and the pulp and paper
industries. The company, with sales of $800 million, has more than 2,500
employees in multiple locations worldwide. RTI was recently purchased by Alcoa,
A leader in his
profession, Rupert was a two-term president of the International Titanium
Association and vice chairman of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of
Commerce. He currently serves as lead director on the board of Calgon Carbon
Corporation, an activated carbon producer headquartered in Pittsburgh.
The Ruperts now reside
in Poland, Ohio, and Scottsdale, Arizona. They have two adult children, Michelle
and Michael, and one grandson, Jack.
Leader’s Circle awards dinner, now in its 17th year, recognizes the recipient
of the IUP President’s Medal of Distinction and the nominees and recipients of
the Indiana County Male and Female Civic Leader awards and the ATHENA Award.
The Leader’s Circle of Indiana County includes representation from IUP, civic
organizations, past award recipients, and award sponsors.
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