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Business School Honors Outstanding Students and Alumni

At its Second Century Dinner on April 9, Duquesne University's Palumbo-Donahue School of Business recognized outstanding students and alumni.

Honorees were:

Harry W. Witt, 2015 Distinguished Alumnus

Witt was responsible for strategic planning, leadership development and team building, as well as client satisfaction and integration for Deloitte & Touche before he retired in 2002 as a senior partner. A member of the board of directors for 13 years, he chaired the Partner Retirement Committee for a decade, among other responsibilities. Throughout his career, he held numerous positions in the firm, which he joined after graduating from Duquesne in 1962. Witt also has been active in civic groups, particularly those serving underprivileged youth, such as the United Way, the YMCA, Outward Bound and other organizations. He currently is active in Hope for Haiti, which supports the construction of homes and village wells, and The Order of Malta, a lay religious order of the Catholic church. In 2015, Witt funded the Harry W. Witt Faculty Fellowship at Duquesne's Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. The fellowship is open to faculty in any disciplinary area and is one of three new named positions recently established in the school.

Emilie M. Ray, 2015 Young Alumni Achievement Honoree

President of McKesson Pharmacy Systems and Automation, Ray has more than 14 years of experience in the healthcare technology industry, working in hospital and retail pharmacy sectors. At McKesson Pharmacy Systems and Automation, Ray has served in critical leadership roles, most recently as vice president of the company's outpatient segment. She also had served as an analyst with Deloitte Consulting. She is a resident of Cranberry Township.

Alex Will, 2015 Dominion Distinguished Scholar

Will, an Honors College student, will receive dual degrees in accounting and finance in May. While at Duquesne, he has served as president of the Student Accounting Association and vice president and treasurer of the Student Executive Committee. He was initiated into Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business society, in 2012. A resident of New Baltimore, Somerset County, Will has accepted an audit staff position at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and will sit for the CPA exam this summer.

The award, presented to a graduating senior from the School of Business who best exemplifies the qualities of intellect, character and business insight, has been sponsored by Dominion since 1992.

Tyler C. Montabon, 2015 James J. Byrne Award for Responsible Leadership

Montabon handles some of Cigna Group Insurance's largest accounts as a senior associate claims manager and has been recognized as a Change Champion and Veterans Work Stream supporter. He will complete his MBA at Duquesne this fall and is a member of the Alpha Chi Honorary Society, which recognizes achievements in scholarship, he also is a member of the international Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma; which recognizes business excellence. Montabon, a resident of Shaler Township, has extended his community service to varied organization such as his church, animal rescue efforts, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the March of Dimes.

Since 2012, the Byrne Award has been presented to a part-time MBA student at Duquesne who demonstrates a commitment to contributing to business and society through community service, excellent citizenship and leadership, and academic credentials. Byrne, former executive director of The Beard Institute at Duquesne, also had served for 20 years on the Lennox International board.

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