WPI President Berkey Honored by University of Cincinnati

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WORCESTER, Mass. - June 29, 2005 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) President Dennis D. Berkey was honored by the University of Cincinnati (UC) McMicken College of Arts and Sciences with its Distinguished Alumni Award. Berkey was recognized for his career as a leader in higher education and was among five alumni who were fêted last month at the16th annual McMicken College Awards Dinner at the UC campus. Berkey graduated from UC in 1974 with a Ph.D. in mathematics.

The Distinguished Alumni Award at McMicken College was established in 1989 to recognize graduates for their outstanding career accomplishments and contributions that benefit the community, state, nation, college or university. Recipients of the award are chosen among numerous nominations of highly qualified alumni.

Since graduating from UC, Berkey has led an accomplished 30-year academic career as a recognized leader and innovator. During that time he has served as a faculty member, an academic department head, a dean, a provost, and most recently, as president of WPI.

Berkey is among 15 UC alumni who have become college presidents and chancellors, including John Bardo, chancellor of Western Carolina University, Velmer Burton, chancellor of University of Minnesota at Crookston, and Jerry Greiner, president of the Acadia University in Glenside, Penn.

An Ohio native, Berkey earned a B.A. in mathematics from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, in 1969, and an M.A. in mathematics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1971, before pursuing doctoral studies at UC.

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Since its founding in 1819, UC has been the source of many discoveries creating positive change for society, including co-op education, the oral polio vaccine, the first electronic organ, the first safe anti-knock gasoline, and the first antihistamine.

Each year, this public, comprehensive university graduates 5,000 students, adding to more than 200,000 living alumni around the world. UC is the largest employer in the Cincinnati region, with an economic impact of more than $3 billion.