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Distinguished Service Awards granted to four alumni at 2015 Alumni Weekend
highlight of Muskingum University’s 2015 Alumni Weekend, held June 19 -
21 on the campus, was the presentation on June 19 of the Distinguished
Service Award (DSA) to four alumni in recognition of their personal and
professional achievements. The award is the university’s highest alumni
Sponsored by the Muskingum University Alumni
Council, the DSA recognizes and honors alumni who have distinguished
themselves through their professional endeavors and exemplary services
to society. Any living Muskingum graduate or former student is eligible
to receive this award.
Awards were granted to Gordon F. Litt ’80, Barbara Young Morris ’67, Kim Ronald Smith ’77 and Maurice E. Wilber ’68.
Gordon F. Litt ’80
Gordon F. Litt’s committed service to others
encompasses his roles as an attorney and business advisor and a
volunteer leader for higher education and Ohio economic development.
Mr. Litt is a partner with BakerHostetler in
Columbus, Ohio, where he counsels privately-held businesses, business
owners and families in business succession, tax and estate planning. He
is recognized by his peers as a Fellow of the American College of Trust
and Estate Council and since 2003 has been annually ranked as one of the
“Best Lawyers in America” in the areas of tax law and trusts and
estates. He previously served as a partner of Bricker & Eckler LLP.
He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Muskingum in accounting and his Juris Doctor degree
from The Ohio State University College of Law, where he was a member of
the national legal honorary society, Order of the Coif.
Mr. Litt has served on the Muskingum University
Board of Trustees since 1997. As president of the university’s Alumni
Council from 1997 through 2012, his leadership strengthened alumni
connections in the Muskingum community. He partnered with the Office of
Admissions for the “Rent-A-Muskie” program to recruit potential
students to campus, helped create the Reunion Weekend Alumni Convocation
– which marks its 9th anniversary this year, and hosted countless
“MooseEye” luncheons for faculty, students and alumni.
He is also a trustee of The Wilds – the
International Center for the Preservation of Wild Animals – and a
trustee of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth.
A native of New Concord, Mr. Litt and his wife,
Susan, reside in Lancaster, Ohio. They are the parents of Guy, Wade
‘11, Conner and Hallie. He is the son of the late Wendell Litt and his
wife, Bernice Finley Litt ’55
Barbara Young Morris ’67
Barbara Young Morris has changed the lives of
others throughout her career as a Fortune-100 corporate leader, small
business advisor and executive advisor.
During 17 years with the global health-care
company Baxter International, Ms. Morris’ roles included senior vice
president of corporate communications, senior vice president of human
resources and vice president and corporate treasurer responsible for
capital markets, insurance, financial planning and pension management.
She was the first woman to become a member of Baxter International’s
senior management team, and she also served on the Board of Directors of
the Baxter Foundation, helping lead the company’s philanthropic
She then served for 10 years as a consultant for
Winston Partners Incorporated, assisting small and mid-sized
privately-held firms transition into public ownership by advising their
leaders on strategic investor and financial market communications. Ms.
Morris is currently an advisor for My Next Season, assisting retiring
corporate executives in their transition processes.
Ms. Morris graduated from Muskingum with a
bachelor of arts degree in history and sociology and was honored in 2008
with a Muskingum Doctor of Humane Letters degree. She earned her
master of business administration degree from the Harvard Business
She has served on the Muskingum University Board
of Trustees since 2005. She has been chairman of the Board of Directors
of Canine-Therapy Corps, a Chicago-based animal assisted therapy
organization, and a board member of the Lake Forest Graduate School of
Management and of Interfaith House, which aids Chicago’s homeless
population. She is active in The Chicago Network, an organization of
women leaders in business, the arts and government, who join together to
increase their community impact.
Kim Ronald Smith ’77
Kim Ronald Smith has dedicated her career to
serving others as an expert attorney in school and employment law and a
committed volunteer leader for higher education, healthcare and
Ms. Smith is managing partner of Harman,
Underhill & Brubaker LLC, specializing in labor relations and
employment, school governance and leadership, and student services and
special education law. She is past president of the Lancaster Bar
Association and of the Labor and Employment Relations Association of
She earned her Muskingum bachelor of music degree magna cum laude in music education, her master of arts degree in higher education
administration and counseling from The Ohio State University, and her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Temple University School of Law. Before beginning her legal
career, Ms. Smith served as dean of students for Malone University and
as associate dean of students for Muskingum.
Ms. Smith is a trustee of Messiah College and of
the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. She serves as a board
member of the Lancaster County Community Foundation, the Lancaster
General Health system and the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. She
recently chaired the communications committee for the Lancaster General
Health Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute campaign, a
nationally-recognized grassroots fundraising effort which raised $25
million in one year.
Ms. Smith has received many honors for her accomplishments, including the Legal Intelligencer Woman of The Year Award, the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal Woman of Influence Award and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Athena Award.
She is a native of Dennison, Ohio and resides in Lititz, Pennsylvania with her husband, B. David Smith.
Maurice E. Wilber ’68
Maurice “Maury” Wilber has served our nation
through his distinguished 45-year career in applying management science
to decisions of national significance for our country’s aviation and
Mr. Wilber retired as the founding owner and
president of Applied Management Solutions, Inc., where he created
business research teams for federal agencies and private sector clients
to explore the economics of major initiatives such as the Federal
Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Air Traffic Control
modernization concepts and Government Performance Results Act
compliance. The firm also provided policy and practice compliance
studies and training under the Information Technology Management Reform
Act for federal clients including the U.S. Navy. Previously, Mr. Wilber
served as an aerospace program analyst for General Electric Company,
Honeywell, General Dynamics and the Martin Marietta Corporation.
A leader in his profession, he served as
president of the Washington Metro Area Chapter of the Institute for
Operations Research and Management Science and as a founding member,
board member and chapter president of the
International Society of Parametric Analysts. He has authored numerous economic studies and
reports and his many recognitions and awards include national honors
from the American Council of Engineering Companies.
Mr. Wilber earned his Muskingum bachelor of arts
degree in economics. He completed additional studies at the Graduate
Naval Aviation Schools Command (Pensacola, Florida), the GE Financial
Management Program (Syracuse, NY) and the joint Colorado State
University-Martin Marietta business administration program (Denver,
He and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Vashon,
Washington. They are the parents of Arlon Wilber and Laura Cherry, and
the grandparents of Everett, Nathaniel and Elizabeth Wilber and Quentin
IN THE PHOTO: Pictured from left
to right are: Maurice E. Wilber ’68, Alumni Council President Jim Gray
’74, Barbara Young Morris ’67, President Anne C. Steele, Kim Ronald
Smith ’77 and Gordon F. Litt ’80.
President’s Medal awarded to 1988 alumnus Perry Reese, Jr.
University has granted its President’s Medal to 1988 alumnus Perry L.
Reese, Jr. The posthumous award was given on June 19 during the
university’s Alumni Weekend. Accepting the award were Mr. Reese’s
sisters, Audrey Hardy and Jennifer Betha, both of Canton.
The University President’s Medal recognizes
individuals who have distinguished themselves by their exemplary actions
on behalf of others. Reese was honored for his contributions as an
educator, basketball coach and community leader at Hiland High School in
Mr. Reese’s moving story was told by Gary Smith in the March 5, 2001 issue of Sports Illustrated and inspired millions of readers around the world. As Sports Illustrated celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the article was designated
as one of the “60 best ever to appear in the magazine” and was reprinted
on January 9, 2015.
A native of Canton, Ohio, Mr. Reese graduated
from Timken High School, entered the workforce, and began college as a
part-time student at Kent State University-Stark County campus before
transferring to Muskingum in 1977. His studies were interrupted for a
time, but he returned to Muskingum to complete his degree and graduated
in 1988 with a bachelor of arts degree in history.
In 1984, he was hired as an assistant basketball
coach at Hiland High School in Berlin, amidst one of the country’s
largest concentrations of Amish and Mennonite families. Shortly
afterward, he joined the high school faculty as a history teacher and
was named head basketball coach. He broke racial and religious barriers
as the only African-American Catholic in Holmes County, and brought
members of the community together through the force of his personality
and the example he set for others to follow. Those who knew him
describe him as a man who saw the best in everyone, created a culture of
respect and teamwork among students and community members, challenged
others to think broadly and outside of their own concerns, and had a
unique ability to forge lasting friendships with people of all ages and
Mr. Reese posted a 304-85 career coaching record
and led the Hiland Hawks to their first state championship and advanced
the team to three consecutive semi-final championships. He died of
brain cancer at the age of 48 on November 22, 2000, leaving behind a
community forever changed.
IN THE PHOTO: Pictured from left to right are President Anne C. Steele, Jennifer Betha and Audrey Hardy.
Our 2014 Distinguished Service Award recipients
highlight of the 2014 Alumni Weekend, held June 20 - 22 on the campus,
was the presentation on June 20 of the Distinguished Service Award (DSA)
to four alumni in recognition of their personal and professional
achievements. The award is the university’s highest alumni honor.
Sponsored by the Muskingum University Alumni Council,
the DSA recognizes and honors alumni who have distinguished themselves
through their professional endeavors and exemplary services to society.
Any living Muskingum graduate or former student is eligible to receive
Awards were granted to William F. Accorsi ’54, Laura Klema Hill ’74, Marshall C. Phelps, Jr. ’66 and Wiley W. Souba Jr. ’75. To read more about them, click here.
Philip Caldwell '40
Philip Caldwell, July 10, 2013, New Canaan, Connecticut.
A 1940 graduate, Philip Caldwell majored in
economics and was a member of Muskingum’s championship debate team. He
earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard
University in 1942 and served in the United States Navy during World War
He began his career with Ford Motor Company in
1953, and rose to become the first non-Ford family member to lead the
historic corporation, succeeding Henry Ford II as Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer in 1980. Mr. Caldwell guided Ford through an era of
national economic decline, high gasoline prices, and intense competition
from international automakers. By emphasizing quality, reliability, and
teamwork, he orchestrated one of the most dramatic and successful
turnarounds in business history. He establish Ford as the best-selling
truck brand in the nation, introduced the ground-breaking Ford Taurus
which would become the best-selling car in America, and created such a
strong labor-relations climate that he was named an honorary member of
the United Auto Workers union. Upon his retirement from Ford in 1985,
he served as Senior Managing Director of Lehman Brothers until 1998.
Mr. Caldwell was a dedicated member of the
Muskingum Board of Trustees for nearly five decades, from 1966-2013. In
2004, Muskingum dedicated Philip and Betsey Caldwell Hall, the
University’s state-of-the-art home for its programs in theatre, speech
communication, radio and television broadcasting, journalism and digital
media design. It honors the extraordinary lives and generosity of Mr.
Caldwell and his wife, Betsey Clark Caldwell, both lifelong champions of
excellence in higher education.
In 2005, Harvard Business School recognized Mr.
Caldwell’s historic contributions to American business when he was
included in its book, In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders Of The Twentieth Century.
Mr. Caldwell was inducted into the National Business Hall of Fame and
the Automotive Hall of Fame, and was awarded honorary doctoral degrees
from Muskingum and eight other universities. He served on the boards of
directors of many national and multi-national corporations and
Mr. Caldwell is survived by his wife, Betsey
Clark Caldwell whom he married in 1945, three children, Lawrence
Caldwell, Lucy Caldwell-Stair, and Desiree Caldwell Armitage, six
grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his brother, Wilson Caldwell, and sister-in-law, Eleanor Riley
Caldwell, both /members of the Muskingum Class of 1938.
Our 2013 Distinguished Service Award and Presidential Medal recipients
Thanks to everyone who attended our 2013 Alumni Weekend!
Special congratulations go to our honorees. Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) were granted to Robert O. Jones '63 and Steve Kokovich '63. The inaugural President's Medal was awarded to Sue Burlingame '63.
To read more about this year's DSA winners, click here.
For more on the inaugural President's Medal recipient, click here.
Pictured from left to right are Steve Kokovich '63, Sue Burlingame '63, Muskingum University President Anne C. Steele and Robert O. Jones '63.
Robert "Bobby" Alec Fox '92
The Muskingum University Community mourns the loss of long-time assistant wrestling coach and football equipment manager Robert "Bobby" Alec Fox, who passed away on February 5, 2013. Fox received a Bachelors Degree in 1992 and a Masters Degree in 2004 from Muskingum, both in Art Education.
Fox was the epitome of a true Fighting Muskie, who diligently approached his responsibilities with conviction. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Muskingum University wrestling program c/o the Muskingum Athletic Department, 163 Stormont Street, New Concord, Ohio, 43762, in his honor.
Newsletter for Alumni & Friends
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Muskies in Health Care: R. EDWARD HOWELL
Imagine that you have a huge academic medical center—seven hospitals, dozens of clinics and specialty centers, $1.1 billion in annual revenue, 6,300 employees (and that’s only the full time staff.) Factor in a national health care delivery system undergoing huge changes and myriad pressing needs squeezing tight budgets. Who would be your choice to lead your institution successfully into a critical future?
If you are the prestigious University of Virginia Medical Center, you choose R. Edward “Ed” Howell ’71, who as CEO and vice president has been at the helm of the sprawling teaching-based system since 2002.
University of Virginia president John Casteen praised the new executive for his “unusual depth of understanding of the links between clinical and academic medicine” and for his “convictions about serving people compassionately, as well as his advocacy for doctors, nurses, and patients. He is a visionary for all aspects of health care.”
Ed’s affinity for people and commitment to service are rooted in his early career as a teacher and coach. The son of educators - his father was a high school principal, his mother was a high school teacher - Ed loved what he calls “the family business.”
It was a business he planned to pursue, matriculating at Marietta (his father’s alma mater,) then transferring to Muskingum, his mother’s alma mater, where his legacy roots run deep. (The short list also includes his brother, John Howell ’77, who is married to Karen Schoeppner ’78, and a great uncle, Dwight Lyons’22.) Ed remembers the excitement of Muskingum homecoming during his childhood. His very first sentence, “I want a bite,” was uttered during one of the games, inspired by his mother’s hot dog.
During his own Muskingum years, Ed worked full time in Zanesville at the former Clossman Hardware store, selling sporting goods, notably Muskingum football uniforms. “It was darn hard to find a good magenta,” he laughs. After earning a degree in biology, he joined Zanesville High School as a biology teacher, head track coach and assistant basketball and football coach. In 1974 his track team was favored to win the state championship, but an unusual round of players’ injuries left the team with no points at all! It was time for some serious soul-searching.
Ed discovered his new career when his tennis partner, a hospital administrator, invited him to shadow his job. Within a year, he was enrolled in Ohio State's master's degree program in hospital and health services administration. “I wanted something that was a little different, that would change from day to day and create a demand on the intellect, and I found it,” he says.
Even so, his roots remain in “education and in the values of
academic institutions. They are places where you can feel that you're making a
difference, where you know you have a crack at leaving a legacy.” He hasn’t left
his coaching values behind, either. He knows that principles of motivation and
leadership transfer smoothly from the playing field to offices and board rooms.
He describes his style as “principle-based collaborative leadership,” which can
also be expressed as “Neither good managers nor good coaches can win without
good team members.”
Ed’s legacy is extensive. Prior to joining the
University of Virginia Medical Center, Ed held leadership positions at the
university medical centers of Minnesota, Georgia and Iowa. He has always
combined teaching with his administrative career and even now teaches at the
universities of North Carolina and Alabama in addition to his own institution.
His background in education and hospital leadership made Ed a natural choice to
be appointed chair of the Board of Governors for the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) Clinical Center. At the time he said, “As an educator I know that
the knowledge developed here is for the greater good and that disseminating it
to all is paramount.”
Ed’s 14-page resume also details dozens of
publications and presentations, and years of service on national, state and
local boards, both professional and charitable. He has received distinguished
alumnus and/or distinguished service awards from Ohio State, University of Iowa,
University of Minnesota, American Heart Association, American Hospital
Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Ed and his
wife, Susan, an RN, have two sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren.
passionate advocate of liberal arts education, Ed believes that it “sets the
foundation for lifelong learning” and “provides an enriching and freeing
approach to learning.” His own experience at the Iowa Writer’s workshop bears
this out. Although it was a huge challenge for him to participate with the high
caliber writers in attendance, he persisted and discovered he loves to write. He
looks forward to a later stage of life when he can devote more time to writing.
For now, Ed’s time is devoted to his work and dealing with
issues facing his industry—the mega sizes of health care systems, the potential
doubling in size of his own system, to the increasing emphasis on health care as
a business rather than a social good, the future lying in molecular
“I've had a rich and rewarding career,” he says, “one
in which I hope I have made a difference.”
Nursing at Muskingum
On May 5, 2011, Commencement Day, graduating nursing students marked a milestone and became alumni classes from both the traditional and the
adult baccalaureate of science in nursing (BSN) tracks of Muskingum’s
nationally-accredited nursing department.
In 2011 we welcomed the first graduates of the RN-BSN
program – licensed RNs who earned their BSN from Muskingum. In 2012 we welcomed
additional RN-BSN graduates and the first graduates from the traditional
undergraduate program – the first pre-licensure graduates who have earned their
BSN and who are now prepared to take the RN licensing exam.
Click here to learn
more about Muskingum’s nursing program.
FUN FACT QUIZ
What year was the Muscoljuan first published? If
your answer was 1907, you're correct. If your answer was 1906, you're still correct. The book was published by the
juniors (class of '07) in honor of the seniors (class of '06).
These 5 images are from the first published Muscoljuan Click
on each image for a larger view.
1st Muscoljuan 1907
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1st Muscoljuan 1907
Muskingum's 175th Anniversary
See photos and documents from Muskingum's rich archives at
our Facebook page, or read A Digital Historic Campus Walking Tour of Muskingum. Read sample
pages and download this e-book.