September 28, 2012
Appointments, honors and activities
• Appointments and promotions:
- Michael D. Wilcox Jr., associate professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of Tennessee, has been hired as assistant program leader for economic and community development with Purdue Extension and senior associate at the Purdue Center for Regional Development. As a member of the Purdue Extension leadership team, his responsibilities include staff development and Extension program planning, development, evaluation and reporting. PCRD responsibilities include leading and supporting Center projects related to regional development in both Indiana and nationally. He began his new role Sept. 4. Wilcox, also an adjunct assistant professor of agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky and president of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Cornell University, a master's degree in fisheries and allied aquacultures from Auburn University and a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University.
• Faculty and staff honors:
- Roger C. Stewart, adviser to Purdue's Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, is the recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Advising Award from Mortar Board. The award is presented annually to an adviser who has provided exceptional support to help a Mortar Board chapter achieve its goals. The recipient has served as a role model to chapter members by demonstrating constant leadership, professionalism and spirit of service. Stewart is executive director of the Krannert School of Management Professional Development Center and a Krannert adjunct professor of finance. Before returning to Purdue, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees, he had a 30-year career in finance at Procter & Gamble. He has been an adviser to the Barbara Cook Mortar Board chapter since 2009.
• Alumni honors:
- The School of Chemical Engineering has named its 2012 Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award recipients. They are:
* William R. Clark, vice president of medical strategy at Gambro AB, a global dialysis company. He earned a bachelor's in 1982 and a master's in 1994, both in chemical engineering.
* Bruce E. Dale, professor of chemical engineering and former chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University. He earned a doctorate in 1979.
* Marilyn Glenn Forney, volunteer leader of a nonprofit organization. She was the first woman appointed to the Delaware Magistrate Selection Committee. She served six years on the Delaware State Human Relations Commission and was its education chairman. She earned a bachelor's in chemical engineering in 1947.
* Gregory R. Lewis, retired corporate vice president for global risk management and chief ethics officer of Lubrizol. He is currently vice president at the Ethisphere Institute. He earned a bachelor's in chemical engineering in 1982.
* Richard A. Narta, global feedstock and optimization manager for ExxonMobil. He earned a bachelor's in chemical engineering in 1980.
* Steven J. Swanson, retired global process engineering manager for chemicals major projects at Shell Oil Co. He earned a bachelor's in chemical engineering in 1971, a master's in chemical engineering in 1972 and a doctorate in 1975.