Seven alumni will be honored April 7 and 8 through the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards program, the IUP Alumni Association’s highest award.
The awardees will return to campus to meet with students in various classroom and informal settings. Their visit culminates with a gala awards ceremony Saturday evening.
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni for pinnacle career achievement. This year’s honorees include the following.
Donoughe ’80, who specializes in regional landscapes, murals, and commissions. Last year, the John Heinz History Center acquired his paintings of 90 Pittsburgh neighborhoods for permanent exhibition. His 80 Indiana County works are a focal point of
the IUP Performing Arts Center, and his murals and historical timeline grace the Cambria County Court House.
Helms ’93, head of media for TED, an organization famous for thought-provoking talks and conferences, who now oversees strategy and operations for TED’s core media business. Helms previously had been associated with MTV for more than a decade, eventually
becoming senior vice president of connected content.
Herman ’69, M’71, chief scientific officer of Coherus Biosciences. He is responsible for all research and development activities of the Redwood City, California, company. Coherus is a leader in developing and commercializing biosimilar drugs that
constitute an important new pharmaceutical category.
Jaynes, ’79, M’82, the first woman ever to achieve Aviation Maintenance flag rank. Retired Rear Admiral CJ Jaynes left the US Navy in 2016 as program executive officer for Air Anti-submarine Warfare, Assault, and Special Mission Programs. Today, she
owns a consulting company in Leonardtown, Maryland.
Rose ’90, president and general manager of Seattle’s NBC affiliate, KING 5. KING 5 won the Edward R. Murrow Award for overall journalism excellence, as well as the National Association of Broadcasting’s highest award recognition for outstanding public
service. Rose has spent his life in broadcasting in various other major markets.
Two recipients are unable to travel to IUP and will be honored at later date.
McAdoo ’00, head coach of the New York Giants. McAdoo is one of only two coaches NFL coaches to never have played football at the college or professional level. His NFL path has taken him through New Orleans, San Francisco, and Green Bay. He became
Giants offensive coordinator in 2014 and then head coach in 2016.
Miller Purser ’80, a major general in the US Army and a deputy assistant secretary of the Army, overseeing training, readiness, mobilization, force structure, and manpower mix. She has held command and staff positions at every level in many parts
of the US and in Europe and Iraq.
One of last year’s recipients, who was unable to attend the 2016 gala, will return this year to receive his award.
Andrew Stephenson ’72, who, as a member of the Foundation for IUP Board of Directors, was instrumental in assisting the foundation during IUP’s Residential Revival. A lawyer and partner in the Washington-based firm of Holland & Knight, he has served
the firm’s construction industry practice group leader and executive partner of the firm’s Abu Dhabi office. He serves as a private arbitrator and serves as an adjunct law professor at American University.