John Ryder, of Memphis TN, was sworn in as a member of the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors on March 20, 2019. His term will expire on May 18, 2021. Nominated by President Donald Trump, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Feb. 18, 2019 and sworn into office by Judge S. Thomas Anderson, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.
John has most recently served as the General Counsel for the Republican National Committee while maintaining his role as a leading bankruptcy and election law attorney with the Harris Shelton law firm in Memphis.
Following Wabash, John earned his Juris Doctor degree at Vanderbilt University, where he has also served as an adjunct professor.
Tom Murtaugh ’88 and Dave Knott ’69 have a connection much stronger than Wabash College. When Tom learned that Dave––his former high school geometry and economics teacher and fellow Wabash alumnus––needed a kidney donor, he felt compelled to help. Tom and Dave are recovering from the surgeries, which took place on March 28, 2019. Both men decided to share their story to raise awareness about the living donor program. wlfi.com/Donating a Kidney wlfi.com/Murtaugh Home Recovering
Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, has presented William S. Parker, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bill had a long career as a Professor of Biology at the Mississippi University for Women from 1974-2007; served as Head of the Division of Science and Mathematics from 1992 to 1998; was an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Mississippi State University; and served as Managing Editor of the international Journal of Herpetology from 1991 to 2006.
Following Wabash, Bill earned his M.S. from Arizona State University in 1966, and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1974. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970.
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On May 1, 2018 Jason Farbstein was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. On August 10, 2018 Jason graduated from the Navy’s Officer Development School in Newport, Rhode Island and was assigned to Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia as a trauma nurse. On October 8, 2018 Jason was selected for deployment aboard the USNS Comfort. The Comfort is one of the largest trauma medical facilities in the world, with 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms. During his deployment, the Comfort treated 26,000 patients in Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, and Honduras.
Following his 2013 graduation from Wabash, Jason received a B.S. in Nursing from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia in 2016.
Congratulations, Jason, and thank you for your service!
St. John’s Northwestern Leadership Academies of Delafield, Wisconsin has elected Thomas D. Stocks III to become the 17th president of the academies effective April 1. Tom joined St. John’s as its chief financial officer in 2018, and has been extensively involved with it for more than 20 years, including serving on the board of trustees as well as chairing the board’s finance committee.
A 1969 graduate of St. John’s Military Academy, Tom attended Wabash before earning a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Franciscan Alliance has announced that Randall S. Moore, MD, MBA will join the organization as senior vice president and COO for Franciscan Alliance and Health Care Solutions. He will be responsible for assisting Franciscan Alliance improve patient experience and satisfaction with care; improve the health of the population Franciscan serves; reduce the cost of care; and improve the experience of providing care for the 18,000 coworkers of Franciscan Alliance’s healthcare ministry. Dr. Moore will work closely with all divisions within Franciscan to advance the transformation of the healthcare system from a fee-for-service to a fee-for-value integrated delivery network of 12 hospitals and 171 clinic sites.
Following his 1979 graduation from Wabash, Randy graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and earned his MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management; he also studied at the University of London.
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The University of Evansville has announced the investiture of Robert Dion as the newest holder of the Ingleheart Chair in Political Science. Robert is the chair of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society in the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences. He has taught American politics at the University since 2001. Following his 1985 graduation from Wabash, he earned a master’s degree in American Politics from the University of Michigan and his doctorate from Indiana University-Bloomington.
The Austin Ingleheart Chair in Political Science was established to promote the study of government, particularly local government and political science. The chair is awarded to a faculty member who has demonstrated an understanding of the importance of teaching excellence in the field of political science.
Teachers Credit Union has announced that Joshua Neff was promoted to Vice President of Commercial Lending. Joshua, who joined TCU in Valparaiso IN in 2015 as a Commercial Loan Officer, will lead and manage commercial lending at TCU, providing capital for businesses of all sizes. Joshua’s 20+ years of banking experience is primarily in the corporate finance arena.
Following his 2000 graduation from Wabash, Joshua earned an MBA from Bethel College.
Peter Prengaman, an award-winning multiformat global news manager, has been appointed to lead The Associated Press’ West Region. As West News Director based in Phoenix, he will oversee a team of text, photo and video journalists responsible for general news, politics and enterprise in 13 western states.
In his 17 years with AP, Peter has reported from more than 15 countries and participated in several major stories as an editor, reporter or videographer, including the uprising that ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004, the Arab Spring in Egypt, and the spread of the Zika virus.
Following his 1998 graduation from Wabash, Peter earned a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and a certificate in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
David Herzog was recently featured in Super Lawyers – Indiana 2019. A partner with Faegre Baker Daniels in Indianapolis, David knew by the time he completed his law studies at Vanderbilt University Law School in 1980 that he wanted to focus on business litigation, saying “There are few things more exhilarating than squaring off against a smart, civil adversary in a courtroom.”
You can read more about David at Super Lawyers