Five exceptional alumni and one outstanding educator will be recognized this Saturday, Oct. 17 at The University of Findlay’s annual Homecoming Weekend Alumni Association breakfast.
Receiving awards will be Scott Grant ’04, M’06; the late Dean Butler ’69; Pamela K.M. Beall ’78; Jonathan Hauenstein ’03; Paul Worstell M’99; and Raymond McCandless will be given the Arch Award.
Scott Grant ’04, M’06 is the 2015 recipient of the Old Main Award, which is presented to UF alumni who have demonstrated distinctive achievements in a chosen career, civic involvement and/or service to The University of Findlay, and have not reached the age of 36.
After his graduation in 2006, Grant became a teacher at Findlay High School. He instructed over 175 students in of sociology, economics, personal finance and government. He also served as assistant athletic director for Findlay City Schools.
Grant was also the high school men’s and women’s golf coach with state finalist contenders in the 2008 and 2010 seasons. Because of his leadership, he received the district coach of the year award twice from the Northwest District Golf Association.
In 2011, Grant became the director of athletics, activities and facilities for Van Buren Local Schools where he directed the operations of all high school and middle school sports programs. During this time, he also became an adjunct professor at The University of Findlay for the Sport and Event Management Program in the College of Business.
Grant became an instructor for the College of Business in 2013, later became assistant professor of business, and this year was named director of the Sport and Event Management Program.
He is also an academic coach in the Oiler Success Center, where he works directly with athletic programs in transitioning incoming freshmen to college academics and meets with student athletes weekly for academic advising. He also developed UF’s Success 101 Guide for freshmen.
Grant has been instrumental in the success of the University’s new partnership with the Cleveland Browns, begun this spring. As part of the Browns Edge Partnership, UF students have a direct path to internships, mentorships and skill building opportunities with the professionals in the Browns’ business office. During its first year, five UF students have interned with the Browns and hundreds of students have had opportunities to learn directly from executives within the organization.
For his dedication to his students, his service to his community and his support of his alma mater, The University of Findlay honors Scott Grant with the Old Main Award for 2015.
The late Dean Butler ’69 is the 2015 recipient of the Gold Medallion Award, established in 1993. It is presented posthumously to alumni who had superb records of distinguished career accomplishments and had made outstanding contributions to their profession, to their University and/or to their community but have not been appropriately recognized by the University prior to their deaths.
Butler retired after 32 years as the athletic director of Liberty-Benton Schools in 2011. He died on May 27, 2014.
He began his career in education at Van Buren High School in 1969, where he stayed for five years. He then began teaching and coaching at Liberty-Benton High School in 1974, retiring from teaching in 1999. Butler continued to serve as athletic director for Liberty-Benton Schools for a total of 32 years, creating a legacy of success in athletics.
Under Butler’s leadership, Liberty-Benton athletic teams won 102 Blanchard Valley Conference Championships while accumulating 17 all-sports banners, 62 district championships, 41 regional championships, 10 state runner-up titles, and nine state lchampionship titles. He supervised development of an athletic complex where he served as director for sectional, district and regional tournaments in numerous sports.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in physical education at The University of Findlay in 1969, he furthered his education with a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1972.
Butler served on the Hancock County Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee from 1989 until 1994. In 1997, he became the contract commissioner for the Blanchard Valley Conference as well as the executive secretary from 2005 until 2014. He was also a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Directors Association. In 2010, Butler was inducted into the Hancock County Sports Hall of Fame.
The University of Findlay recognizes the late Dean Butler for his dedication to athletics and the community by honoring him with the Gold Medallion Award for 2015.
Pamela K.M. Beall
Pamela Beall ‘78 graduated cum laude from The University of Findlay with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She went on to complete her Master of Business Administration Degree from Bowling Green State University and was licensed as a certified public accountant in Ohio in 1984.
Beall began her career with Marathon Petroleum Corporation in 1978 as an auditor and held positions with the Corporate Risk and Environmental Affairs and Domestic Funds organizations before transferring to USX Corporation as general manager, Treasury Services, in 1985. She also held officer positions at NationsRent, Inc. and OHM Corporation, and served on the boards of directors of System One Services, Inc. and Boyle Engineering.
In 2002, Beall rejoined Marathon as manager, Business Development, for Marathon Ashland Petroleum now Marathon Petroleum Company LLC. She was named director, Corporate Affairs, in 2003 and appointed director, Business Development, in 2005. She then served as organizational vice president, Business Development for Downstream for Marathon Petroleum Company in 2006, now Marathon Petroleum Company LP. Beall was named vice president of Global Procurement for Marathon Oil Company in 2007, vice president of Products, Supply & Optimization for Marathon Petroleum Company in 2010 and vice president, Investor Relations and Government and Public Affairs in 2011.
In 2014, Beall assumed her current position as President of MPLX, a publicly traded master limited partnership and an affiliate of Marathon Petroleum Corporation. She also holds the position of senior vice president, Corporate Planning, Government and Public Affairs of Marathon Petroleum Corporation. She is also a member of the board of directors of MPLX GP LLC the general partner of MPLX LP. Beall serves on The University of Findlay Board of Trustees and is a member of The Ohio Society of CPAs. She also served on the Give Voice to your Values Campaign committee and is chairing the committee for the campaign for the new Center for Student Life and College of Business building.
The University of Findlay recognizes Pamela Beall for her distinguished career in business and her continued loyalty to her alma mater. The Alumni Association is pleased to name her a Distinguished Alumna for 2015.
Jonathan D. Hauenstein, Ph.D.
Jonathan D. Hauenstein, Ph.D., ’03 has led an impressive career in the study of mathematics including more than 50 authored/co-authored published research articles and more than 60 presented lectures around the world.
After graduating summa cum laude with his bachelor’s in mathematics and pre-engineering at The University of Findlay, he went on to complete his master’s in mathematics from Miami University in 2005, then completed his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame in 2009.
Hauenstein was a postdoctoral fellow at the Fields Institute in Toronto, Canada until the end of 2009. He then became a visiting assistant professor at Texas A&M University for two years from 2010 to 2012. During this time, Hauenstein completed another postdoctoral fellowship at the Institut Mittag-Leffler in Djursholm, Sweden for six months in 2011.
In the fall of 2012, he began as an assistant professor in the department of mathematics for North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. After nearly two years, he joined the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing in Berkeley, California as a visiting scientist. In 2013, he co-authored a book published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), which became number 23 on the SIAM Bestseller list in 2014.
Today, Hauenstein is an associate professor for the University of Notre Dame in the department of applied and computational mathematics and statistics. Hauenstein has received numerous honors and awards, including: Army Young Investigator Program Award of 2015, 2014 Editor’s choice from The Journal of Chemical Physics, Sloan Research Fellowship of 2014, DARPA Young Faculty Award for 2013, and the Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence from Texas A&M University in 2010.
The University of Findlay recognizes Jonathan D. Hauenstein ’03 for his career as an educator and his dedication to the profession of mathematics around the world. The Alumni Association is pleased to name him a Distinguished Alumnus for 2015.
Paul Worstell M’99 is a client coach for Six Disciplines NWO. He is certified on the Six Disciplines methodology and is responsible for coaching and offering strategic advisory services for clients. He brings over 40 years of leadership experience to clients in his role as a Six Disciplines certified business coach.
Worstell spent 26 years in business operations of the U.S. Steel Corporation in Pittsburgh before joining PRO-TEC Coating Company, a joint venture partnership of U.S. Steel and Kobe Steel, Ltd. of Japan.
After he became president in 1998, PRO-TEC received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) in 2007, which recognizes the high performance of excellence of public and private organizations throughout the United States. Worstell has since traveled around the country as a keynote speaker to many MBNQA related conferences discussing the topic of leadership and best practices.
Worstell earned his bachelor’s degree in business economics in 1970 from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Findlay.
Throughout his career, he has served as a lecturer at The University of Findlay, University of Mount Union and Ohio Northern University on topics of leadership. He has also served as an adjunct professor teaching organizational leadership at The University of Findlay.
Worstell continues to serve on the Boards of Trustees of the Ohio Partnership for Excellence, The Baldrige Foundation, Blanchard Valley Health System, and Findlay Family YMCA. He is part of The University of Findlay College of Business Advisory Board and lectures on the topic of leadership.
The University of Findlay recognizes Paul Worstell for his highly successful business career in leadership and his dedication to his alma mater and community. The Alumni Association is pleased to name him a Distinguished Alumnus of 2015.
Ray McCandless, Ph.D.
Ray McCandless, Ph.D., who has served The University of Findlay in various roles for more than 30 years, is the 2015 recipient of the Arch Award. The Arch Award honors an individual who exhibits the highest standard of individual achievement in their professional and personal endeavors, has demonstrated loyalty and support of The University of Findlay through at least 25 years of employment and is not a graduate of the institution.
McCandless has served as the chief information officer for The University of Findlay since 2012. In this role on the president’s cabinet, he is responsible for leading all information technology strategy, infrastructure and services for the entire University.
Dr. McCandless received his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1976. He then went on to receive his Master of Arts in Government and his Doctor of Arts in Government from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
While finishing his doctorate, he began as an instructor of political science and public administration at Findlay College in 1980. He then became an assistant professor in 1982 and later a professor of political science and public administration in 1992.
In addition to teaching, he was the director for Academic Technology Services and the Center for Teaching Excellence from 2004 until 2012. He developed an effective, cost-efficient and highly service-oriented organization on which the campus could rely. In 2008, Dr. McCandless also became the chairperson for the department of justice sciences where he supervised major revisions to the criminal justice program curriculum and maintained stability during a time of change.
Throughout his time at The University of Findlay, Dr. McCandless has served on numerous committees including the faculty senate, faculty affairs, international relations council, and physical plant strategic planning committee. He also chaired the faculty development committee. He acted as liaison and advisor for many academic offices, student clubs, and other organizations including Theta Chi Fraternity.
The University of Findlay recognizes Ray McCandless for his outstanding career as an educator, his dedication to his students and his commitment to this institution. The Alumni Association is pleased to name him the recipient of the 2015 Arch Award.