News and Awards

We are proud of our alumni.  Our graduates have made distinguished contributions to their communities, have provided leadership in business, have contributed to complicated efforts of diplomacy, conflict resolution, community planning, and have contributed responsibly as elected officials.  Some are even professors!  All are lifelong learners of politics and civic engagement, and are active citizens in their communities, nations and in international organizations.

Alumni Award Recipients

Outstanding Alumni Award 2016-17: Richard Tobin

Rich Tobin has worked as a consultant to the World Bank, UNICEF, the UN Development Program, the UN Population Fund, the US Agency for International Development, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Arab Administrative Development Organization, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, since retiring from the World Bank. He is currently serving as deputy team leader for an evaluation of two climate change projects in China. After receiving his PhD, from Northwestern University, Rich taught courses on public and environmental policy at State University of New York at Buffalo. After moving to the Washington metro area in the early 90s his career has focused on international development. From 1996–2005 he was Managing Director of the American Institutes for Research. From 2005–2008 he was Lead Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for the World Bank.

Previous Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients


Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2016-17: Brad Hawkins

Brad M. Hawkins is Vice President of Bernstein Global Wealth Management in Washington, DC. He advises high-net-worth individuals and institutions regarding investment strategies and, in conjunction with the Wealth Management Group, works closely with clients and their professional advisors on a wide range of investment matters, including tax and estate planning, concentrated stock positions and the sale of a privately held business. He has been with the firm since 2008. He is a member of the board of directors of Hopecam, a non-profit which works to overcome the social isolation experienced by children in treatment for cancer. He is an active member of the board of the Penn State Alumni Association Metro Washington, D.C. Chapter.

Previous Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipients


Alumni News

DeGrandis' create named professorship with $500,000 estate gift to Liberal Arts (August 2018)

Alumnus Continues Advocacy with Juvenile Law Fellowship (January 2018)

David Kleppinger appointed to the Board of Trustees (January 2017)