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Gannon University to Award Five Distinguished Alumni in October

Distinguished Alumni Ceremony, 2018

Distinguished Alumni Ceremony, 2018

Five Gannon University graduates, whose professional success has culminated from their education and experiences at Gannon, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award on Saturday, Oct. 6 during Gannon University's Homecoming and Family Weekend. The 2018 Distinguished Alumni recipients include: 

Edward Curley '86, Manager of Global Profit Analysis at Ford Motor Company in Plymouth, Mich.  

Curley, a 1986 graduate of Gannon's College of Engineering and Business, initially worked at the former Marine Bank in Erie before receiving his MBA from Notre Dame. In 1989, he began his long career at Ford Motors and is currently manager of global profit analysis for Ford's Customer Service Division. 

Tim Craig '99, Correspondent on the America Desk for The Washington Post in Washington, D.C.

Craig joined The Washington Post's National Desk in 2017 after serving as the Post's Afghanistan-Pakistan Bureau Chief. He graduated in 1999 from Gannon University's College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Earlier in his career, Craig was a government, politics and urban affairs reporter for The Baltimore Sun.  

Seeniann John '97, DO, MPH, a gastroenterologist for the Salem VA Medical Center in Salem, Va.

A 1997 biology graduate of Gannon's Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, John now works to treat veterans. A renowned gastroenterologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs, she also teaches medical students and works part time at the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Ryan Carlisle '08, '10DPT and Center Manager for NovaCare in Edinboro, Pa.

Carlisle, who received both his General Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees from Gannon in 2008 and 2010, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award in the Young Alumni category. While managing a physical therapy clinic in Edinboro, Pa., he continues to teach at Gannon as an adjunct professor. As a student, Carlisle was a member of the Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity and served as a Gannon University tour guide. 

Rev. Nicholas J. Rouch '83, Vicar for Education for the Diocese of Erie, Pa.

Also Distinguished Alumnus of Gannon University, Father Rouch will be honored with the Monsignor Wilfred J. Nash Principles of Christian Conduct award. Father Rouch is a 1983 Gannon graduate who also serves as the Vice Rector of Saint Mark Seminary in Erie. He continues to teach at Gannon and at the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.      

The Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented on Oct. 6 during Gannon University's Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 4-7 in the Yehl Alumni Room of Gannon's Waldron Campus Center, located at 124 W. 7th St. To register for Homecoming, visit

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