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Gannon University to Honor Five Distinguished Alumni in September

Published: 07/13/2021

Alumni Association to Present Five Alumni with Awards in September

Alumni Association to Present Five Alumni with Awards in September

The Gannon University Alumni Association is proud to announce the five Distinguished Alumni honorees for 2021. This year’s Distinguished Alumni will be honored at a special dinner on Saturday, September 25 during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

For thirty years, the Distinguished Alumni Award has been presented to Gannon and Villa Maria College alumni in recognition of meaningful contributions in their professions, community and the University. It is the highest honor an alumnus can receive.

The 2021 Distinguished Alumni recipients include: 

College of Engineering and Business:
John A. (Jack) Walter '69
General Dynamics Corporation, Retired
Bachelor of Science, Accounting

College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences:
Denise L. Kolivoski '01, '08M
Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Erie County
Bachelor of Arts, Communication Arts
Master of Business Administration

Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences:
David J. Gustafson '71, '73M
Professor Gannon University, Retired
Bachelor of Science, Biology
Master of Education, Natural & Environmental Sciences

Young Alumni
Landis E. Erwin '12
Director of Development, Crossroads Foundation
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism Communications

Monsignor Wilfred J. Nash Principles of Christian Conduct
Lawrence B. Ryan '56
President, Lawrence Ryan International (LRI)
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration


The Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented on September 25 during Gannon University's Homecoming and Family Weekend in the Yehl Alumni Ballroom of the Waldron Campus Center. To register for the event visit