Shippensburg University presents awards at Alumni Weekend

Exceptional Service Award


The Exceptional Service Award was Charles H. “Chuck” Diller, Jr. (John L. Grove College of Business Advisory Board Member), and Grace Barnhart Luhrs, Class of 1970M.

The Exceptional Service Award is given to recognize and thank outstanding persons who have given unselfishly of their time and efforts for the betterment of Shippensburg University.

Diller of Mechanicsburg, earned an associate's degree from Chaffey College in 1966 and a BSBA from California State Polytechnic University in 1968. After graduation Diller served his country here and overseas as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V” and a certificate of commendations for exceptional performance of duty. From 1971 to 1977 he was an audit manager and computer audit specialist for KPMG Peat Marwick in Baltimore. For many years, Diller has been an ardent supporter of SU through his outstanding philanthropy and his service as a member of the John L. Grove College Advisory Board. Also, Diller is a member of the SU Foundation’s Honor Society and an executive campaign committee member for the current Charting the Course, Lighting the Way campaign. Additionally, Diller chairs the College of Business Campaign Committee.

Luhrs of Boynton Beach, Fla., received her master of education from SU in 1970. For 23 years she taught in the public school system in Pennsylvania with a six-month assignment in Maryland. For more than 17 years, she taught in the Shippensburg School District retiring after a successful career in 1981. Since 2005, Luhrs has been a member of the SU Foundation’s Board of Directors. She currently serves as the honorary chair of the current Charting the Course, Lighting the Way campaign. She is also a member of the SU Foundations Honor Society. Grace and her late husband, H. Ric Luhrs, have supported SU through their outstanding gifts to the SU Foundation to the extent that the Grace B. Luhrs Elementary School on campus and the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center are named in their honor.