Pinnacle Achievement: Eight Alumni to Receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

Posted on 4/6/2018 1:13:45 PM

The 2018 IUP Distinguished Alumni AwardsEight alumni will be honored April 13 and 14 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.

The honorees for 2018 include the following.

Stephen Abel ’73

After a 27-year career with the US Army, retired Colonel Stephen Abel 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.

Susan Cosper ’92

Susan Cosper is the Financial Accounting Standards Board technical director 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 FASB’s most challenging projects of recent times, including changes to a company’s accounting for revenue, leases, and financial instruments and US accounting convergence efforts with the International Accounting Standards Board. She frequently interacts with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, banking regulators, congressional and senatorial staff members, and standard setters from around the globe. As diversity leader, she also focuses on ways to promote diversity and inclusion at 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, with her husband, Brian.

Rose Dill Glenn ’82

As senior vice president and chief communications and experience officer for Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System, Rose Dill Glenn 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—one of many recognitions she has garnered. Accredited by the Public Relations Society of America, she has mentored dozens of public relations and marketing professionals. Currently, she is president-elect of the 4,000-member Society for Healthcare Strategy and Marketing Development, part of the American Hospital Association. A native of Windber, she now lives in Northville, Michigan, with her husband, Todd. They have two adult children, Chelsea and Trevor.

Micheal Madigan ’80, M’86 

International artist Micheal Madigan creates paintings that are exhibited throughout the nation and around the world. His works are in private collections throughout the United States 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. He and his wife, Elaine Taraba Madigan ’80, have two adult children, Ceilidh and Cianan.

Charles Neral ’80

Following his IUP graduation, Charles Neral joined IBM as an operations analyst, and, by 2004, he had advanced to become CFO of IBM’s software business. He helped that business grow to nearly $25 billion in revenue before leaving IBM to become CFO of SafeNet in 2009 and of SunGard in 2012. At SunGard, he helped lead a significant turnaround, and the 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. Neral also serves on the board of directors at Clarivate Analytics. He and Patricia Rozsas Neral ’81 have been married more than 36 years, and they have two sons, Charles and Christian.

James Renacci ’80 

US Representative James Renacci was elected to Congress in 2010 from Ohio’s 16th District. A Republican, he serves on the powerful House Ways and Means committee and on the Budget committee. The first college graduate in his family, he came to IUP from Monongahela and worked his way through school as a truck driver, mechanic, and road crew member. 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 that created 1,500 jobs and employed more than 3,000 people. In 2004, he was elected Wadsworth’s mayor, and, in 2017, he announced his candidacy for Ohio governor before entering the US Senate race in January. He and his wife, Tina, have three adult children, Andrew and twins Ryan and Rhiannon.

2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for Service

John Ninosky ’93

Harrisburg attorney John Ninosky is president of the board of directors of the IUP Alumni Association and has served on the board for six years. He plays an active role 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 in 11 different courts of common pleas and in all three Pennsylvania federal courts. Ninosky has been consistently recognized with either Pennsylvania Rising Star or Super Lawyer designations and was included in the 24th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He also has served as an adjunct professor in the Advocacy program at Dickinson School of Law. Born and raised in Irvona, Ninosky is former mayor and council president of Paxtang Borough. He and his wife, Tammy Beale Ninosky ’93, have two children, Kristen and Johnny.

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

One of last year’s recipients, who was unable to attend the 2017 gala, will return this year to receive her award.

Leslie Miller Purser ’80 

On the day she graduated from IUP, studio art major Leslie Miller Purser 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, with her husband, Joseph, also a retired Army officer. They have two children, Jennifer and Justin, both of whom are Army captains.