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Beard Institute Director Jim Byrne Receives Duquesne Alumni Award

The contributions of James J. Byrne, executive director of The Beard Institute at Duquesne University and a 1957 business graduate of Duquesne, have been recognized by the University.Byrne received the Distinguished Alumni Award at the business school and alumni association's 30th annual senior/alumni business school luncheon on March 21.

As executive director of The Beard Institute, Byrne oversees programs and events related to business ethics, sustainability and responsible financial management for the faculty and students, as well as for alumni and members of the business community.

He joined Duquesne in 2007 after spending a career in the technology sector, beginning with General Electric in New York and culminating in his service as chairman of the board and CEO of the international software firm OpenConnect. Along the way, he served as senior vice president of semiconductor operations for United Technologies Corp., vice president and general manager of the data communications division of Harris Corp., and president of Harris Adacom Corp.

In addition to serving on four publicly traded U.S. boards, Byrne was invited to serve on the boards of corporations in Mexico, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Israel and the United Kingdom. He also was a founder and board member of the Microelectronics and Computer Corp., a consortium of American companies collaborating in advanced research and development.

Just the previous month, the inaugural James J. Byrne Award for Responsible Leadership was awarded in honor of his years of leadership and contributions to Lennox International and to the advancement of the School of Business.

A commitment to contributing to business and society, plus outstanding academic performance, community service, excellent citizenship and leadership are important considerations for the Byrne Award.

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