Accomplished Westminster Alumni

A tribute to Westminster's liberal arts tradition alumni are accomplished in, and contribute to, a wide range of fields including; education, research science, medicine, politics, writing, entrepreneurial enterprise, mission, mountain climbing and business.  Our most prestigious recognition awarded to accomplished alumni, the Westminster College Alumni Citation, recognizes professional accomplishment, service to Westminster and community service.  Accomplishments of graduates of 15 years or less are recognized through the presentation of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

2013 Recipients

Todd S. Cole '83 has spent more than 30 years making an impact on the lives of children.  An award-winning teacher in the Laurel School District, Todd was a first grade teacher for 25 years and has spent the past six years in fourth grade classrooms.  As an educator, Todd consistently urges parents to encourage the education process by reading to their children at home, and has been turning his fourth graders into published authors by working with the company, Every Child an Author, which publishes students' writings in a book format.  Todd was named Teacher of the Year by the Laurel Community Foundation, Lawrence County's Educator of the Year and was named one of the top three early educators for Disney Teacher of the Year. 

  David D. Deal '86, a former four-year letterman player on the Westminster football team and three time winner of the NAIA scholar-athlete award, is now the vice president and regional market manager of NV Homes.  Deal has recruited nearly 30 alumni to serve on his team at NV Homes, and all have similar words about his character: leader, committed, dedicated, driven and altruistic.  In addition, David has served as a speaker for the Westminster Career Center, offering guidance and insight to students entering the job market.
Timothy W. Kaiser '85, an Oakmont native, earned his degree in telecommunications, and within five years he was the producer of one of the greatest television sitcoms of all times - "Seinfeld."  He also went on to produce another long-running show, "Will and Grace."  He is currently working on the CBS comedy "Two Broke Girls," now in its third season.  Tim has earned two Emmys, a Golden Globe and a People's Choice Award.  Additionally, he has self-produced "Rock Prophecies," a documentary about rock and roll photographer Robert Knight and has helped launch the career of rising rock-pop guitar prodigy Tyler Bryant.  
  Rebecca A. Rickard '98 will receive this year's Outstanding Young Alumni Award.  The award honors a graduate of the last 15 years for serving his or her community, Westminster or profession with distinction and shows great promise for the future. Becky, who was a theatre major and music and broadcast communications minor at Westminster, began her career at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre.  From assisting the theatre's artistic and executive director to later becoming its group sales and audience development manager, Becky was determined to "keep the arts alive in Pittsburgh."  Becky is now an account executive with Pittsburgh Magazine, a monthly lifestyle magazine about all things Pittsburgh.  She is a member of the Westminster Alumni Council and the Pittsburgh Regional Alumni Committee.  She has routinely volunteered her time to network with students, offering insight into her chosen career and helping to guide Westminster students. 


2012 Recipients

Rev. Lora Annette Adams-King '00 has devoted her life to serving others as an educator and pastor.  She is the superintendent of the Farrell Area School District, where she was an elementary teacher before being promoted to principal of Farrell High School in 2008.  She also spent a decade as pastor of Erie Street Church of God in Franklin and serves on many boards and committees in the Shenango Valley.


Bethann Hervey Dolan '91 embodies the Westminster College mission through her courage, strength, resiliency and desire to help others.  In addition to being a teacher, she is active serving the congregation and communit of Elfinwild Presbyterian Church.  In 2006, she was stricken with transverse myelitis, a rare sudden-onset neurological disorder that left her a quadriplegic.  With the help of family, friends and her church, Bethann has returned to the classroom as an elementary math teacher in the Hampton School District and inspires students with life lessons about persistence and not letting setbacks keep you down.


Dr. Donald McKim '71 is one of the most distinguished scholars and authors in the field of Reformed theology.  He is executive editor for theology and reference for Westminster John Knox Press in Tennessee and is the author or co-author of numerous books including The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible: A Historical Approach that was selected Book of the Year by Eternity magazine and named one of the five best books in religion in the 1980 American Book Awards.  He has also edited numberous books and published over 60 articles and book reviews, and served on the faculties of six seminaries and colleges.

2011 Recipients

John G. Russell '97 and Cari Mester Russell '97 have impacted the lives of their students by exemplifying the highest standards of being an educator.  John has received the "Golden Apple Award" for being a distinguished educator.  Cari has been designated as being one of the most influential teachers in her district.  In addition to being educators, they also acted as role models, coaches and friends.

Those who know David L. Lloyd ’48 and Jean Basher Lloyd ’49 are inspired by their philanthropic leadership and thoughtfulness. Jean has been an influential educator, while David has been a successful businessman. In spite of demanding hours of working and raising a family, the Lloyds have always made time for community service. Through their extraordinary commitment and dedication, they have made an outstanding difference in their community.

Christopher A. Martin ’89 has achieved a successful career in consumer finance, serving now as the Southwest Regional President of Northwest Savings Bank. Before working for Northwest Savings, Chris served at Vice President of Citizens National Bank and led one of the largest initiatives in the bank’s history in 2005 by changing the name to NexTier Bank. He also gives back to his community by serving several different civic organizations and coaching youth sports.


Revolutionizing new research in the field of clinical and biomedicial engineering, Dr. John H. Petre III ’72 has blurred the disciplinary lines between healthcare and technology. His work as Director of Clinical Space and Equipment Integration with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation has driven new research and product development that has benefitted hospitals nationwide. His innovations have led to the design of modern IV infusion pumps, monitors and even hospital infrastructure.


2010 Recipients

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