Two alumni from Lock Haven University recently were inducted to the Business Hall of Fame at the University's Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center. The Business Hall of Fame recognizes alumni for their professional success, distinguished service and upstanding character.
Lock Haven University inducted John S. Brouse and Donald L. Faulkner into their Business Hall of Fame, recognizing not only their career successes, but their service and commitment to others in the University or their communities.
John S. Brouse, a 1963 alumnus, retired as president and chief executive officer of Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Prior to moving into a presidential role, he served as the chief operating officer at Pennsylvania Blue Shield. Brouse served on national, state and local boards including the National Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association, Allegheny Conference on Business Development, and Civic Light Opera. As board chairman, he has led such organizations as the Inter-county Health Plans, United Concordia Companies and Mountain State Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Shown, from left, are Michael Fiorentino, LHU president; Donald Faulkner; John Brouse; Leslie Lorefice, junior business student; and Dr. Cori Myers, department chair of business and computer science.
Brouse spoke of three things: the LHU factor, GPS and self-doubt. When referring to the LHU factor, he fondly recalled the intimacy of the university. Dinners were family-style with fellow students, and there was unlimited faculty engagement. When referring to the GPS, he stated the business always is looking for the GPS, for the silver bullet. He encouraged students to "Develop your own GPS, allowing others to help you discover your way." He encouraged students to see integrity, dedication, empathy, accountability and loyalty, as possessing those qualities will lead to a path of success. Brouse encouraged students to be cautious of the perils of self-doubt, never be skeptical that they can succeed.
Donald Faulkner, a 1967 alumnus, serves as partner in the law firm of Snowiss, Steinberg and Faulkner LLP, specializing in business, real estate, estate and school law. He has was president, CEO and chairman of the board of Beech Creek National Bank and board president of the YMCA, as well as board member of numerous organizations including the corporate board of Commonwealth Bank and regional boards for Meridian and Sovereign Banks. Faulkner served Lock Haven University and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as former Chair of the Council of Trustees, and member of the Lock Haven University Foundation Board and Alumni Association.
"LHU gave me an excellent education, even though at the time it was a teacher's college. It had a broad-based foundation, and I was fully prepared to compete with those who attended more 'prestigious' colleges," Faulkner said.
The Business Hall of Fame celebration began with a panel discussion with the Hall of Fame inductees at the Hall of Flags in Robinson Hall.
A luncheon was held at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center where Mark Stern, '88 alumnus and program advisory council member offered remarks throughout the program. President Michael Fiorentino Jr. presented the inductees with their awards, stating the importance of welcoming back alumni to interact with students and show them the possibilities that awaits.
Following the luncheon was an unveiling of the Business Hall of Fame plaques, located on the second floor of Akeley Hall. Each inductee's plaque highlights reasons why they were chosen for this distinguished honor.
For more information on the Lock Haven University Business Hall of Fame, visit community.lhup.edu/comp-sci/halloffame.htm.