Shippensburg University presents awards at Alumni Weekend

John L. Grove Collegeof Business Alumni

College of Business Alumni Recipients of the Heiges Award are
Brian L. Heckler, Class of 1984 and Randal T. Rhoade, Class of 1993.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to College of Business Alumni,
Steven W. Renner, Class of 1970.

Heckler Rhoade Renner
Brian Heckler Class of 1984 Randal Rhoade Class of 1993 Steven Renner Class of 1970

Heiges Award

The Heiges Award, established in 1959, is the University's highest award. The award recognizes the recipients’ distinguished achievements in their field of endeavor to benefit community and society. Recipients have also, through their work and service, contributed immensely to society.

Brian Heckler '84, of Evanston, Ill., graduated with a degree in accounting and is a partner in the Chicago office of KPMG LLP where he was recently appointed as the National Advisory Industry Leader for the Diversified Industrial segment, overseeing a portfolio of more than 300 national clients. He is also a member of the US Transactions Services Leadership Team at the firm, focusing on accounting and reporting consultation to clients on mergers, acquisitions, initial public offerings, restatements, joint ventures, and divestitures. He also served a two-year Professional Accounting Fellowship within the Office of the Chief Accountant in the United States Securities Exchange Commission. In addition, he serves or has served on various community and civic organizations including for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago and as a board member of the Children’s Play Room Inc. in Harrisburg, a child abuse prevention organization. He also received the university’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Randal Rhoade '93, of Palmyra, graduated with a degree in business administration and began his career in Harrisburg with the Pennsylvania State Treasury. He then began work in various non-profit service agencies around the world. He is currently assistant country director-finance and administration in Laos for CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. He served several years in the Peace Corps in West Africa followed by work as office manager for Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti and then service there as finance and administrative specialist and country director for Habitat for Humanity. His other positions have included working with Action Against Hunger and the American Refugee Committee in various countries including, the Dominican Republic of the Congo, Chad and Kenya. While working in South Sudan operations, he and two colleagues were taken hostage by rebel groups and held for three months in the Somali desert before being released.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented in recognition of life-long career achievement and personal commitment in his/her field of endeavor for the benefit of the community and society.

Steven Renner '70, of Littlestown, graduated with a degree in accounting and management and spent eight years after graduation in public accounting. He then joined Gettysburg Hospital in 1978 as the senior financial officer for the organization and assumed the role of president in late 1992. As president of the Gettysburg Hospital, he played a key role in putting together a merger agreement with York Health System. In 1999, Gettysburg and York hospitals became Wellspan Health System and has been recognized regionally and nationally as a state of the art integrated health system. From 1999 until his retirement in 2003, he remained CEO of Gettysburg Hospital while also serving as senior vice president of Wellspan Health, the parent company of both hospitals. He then became president of the Adams County Economic Development Corporation, a post he held for four years. In November, 2011 he was elected to a four-year term as first-ever Adams County controller.