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    Duquesne’s First Winner of James J. Byrne Award Announced

    The first recipient of the James J. Byrne Award for Responsible Leadership has been selected from part-time MBA students at Duquesne University.

    The inaugural recipient is Amanda Morel, public affairs manager at BNY Mellon, formerly of Newton, PA. Morel now lives in Bethel Park.

    The $4,000 award and commemorative plaque is given to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to making a contribution to business and society and displays academic performance with at least a 3.5 GPA. Community service, excellent citizenship and leadership are important considerations for this award.

    Business Professor Dr. Dorene Ciletti, a member of the selection committee, stated:

    "Her dedication to social responsibility in business, her track record of leadership in community service, and her strong academic performance in the Master of Business Administration program showcased her commitment to making a contribution in business and society."

    Byrne, executive director of The Beard Institute at Duquesne, served for twenty years on the Lennox International Board of Directors. The award has been established by the John F. Donahue School of Business and Lennox international in honor of Byrne's decades of leadership and contributions to the advancement of the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.