Alumni Notes & News

By Nora Laberee (SAS ’18)  This past week over 15,000 scientists, innovators, and investors descended on the City of Brotherly Love, as Philadelphia was selected to host the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) 2015 International Convention, the largest, annual biotechnology gathering on the globe. This pivotal event for the biotechnology industry attracts the biggest names in the...
Parker Rider-Longmaid,’13, has recently been selected as a clerk for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Rider-Longmaid will begin his October 2016 clerkship after he completes a year-long fellowship at the Office of the Solicitor General, the office which represents the US in matters before the Supreme Court.  He is currently finishing his clerkship...
By Callie Woods (SAS '15) Annie Burridge (’08) has recently been appointed the Managing Director of Opera Philadelphia. Opera Philadelphia is the city’s only producer of Grand Opera, presenting about five performances a season. Burridge has been with the company since 2007, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement. In that position she lead the company’s...
By Callie Woods (SAS '15) Fels is pleased to announce that Alumnus Stephen Dilts (MGA '96) has been elected President of the Intelligent Transportation Society of New Jersey. ITSNJ is comprised of more than 80 organizations from the private, public, and academic sectors committed to facilitating the "collaborative research, implementation and use of intelligent transportation systems to enhance...
Alumnus Dr. John F. McArdle ('97) completed an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management at Penn's Graduate School of Education in 2014.  He is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Management at the Bertolon School of Business at Salem State University in Salem, MA, where he teaches Organizational Behavior, Law, Change Management, and Leadership.  John also teaches in Salem State's...
By Callie Woods (B.A. '15) In 2000, Tim Troll (MGA '86 and pictured center) founded The Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust (BBHLT) in Southwest Alaska. This year, it was selected by the Land Trust Alliance to receive the 2014 National Land Trust Excellence Award, the highest honor at the National Land Conservation Conference, which took place on September 18th in Providence, RI. The BBHLT has been...
The Fels Institute of Government mourns the loss of alumnus, and valued member of the Fels community, Lloyd A. Rowe, '56. Mr. Rowe was an esteemed public leader, with a dedicated and honorable career in public service.  In addition to serving in the U.S. Army, he held several positions in city and local government, and served on the faculties of mutliple universities, including the...
Fels alumnus, Dave Reed (MGA '01), is currently serving his sixth term in the Pennsylvania General Assembly as the state representative for the people of the Commonwealth’s 62nd Legislative District. He also serves as Chair of the Pennsylvania House Republican Policy Committee. To read the full profile on Dave Reed in the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics Report, click here. (...
Alumnus Matthew Stitt (MPA '12) was featured in Philadelphia Business Journal's '40 Under 40' list. Stitt, 26, was described by the publication as "an integral part of Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke's finance and budget team," and praised for his analysis that ultimately delayed implementation of the city's Actual Value Initiative (AVI). The delay averted "a revenue...
Fels alumnus Dafan Zhang (MPA ’11) was recently profiled by Penn Current. Now a third-year at Penn Law, Zhang recounted immigrating to the US, overcoming homelessness, and his current run for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read the full profile here.
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