2017 Alumni Merit Awards & Family Heritage Award


The Baldwin Wallace Alumni Merit Award honors outstanding alumni and honorary alumni for their achievements and service in their profession, their community, and their alma mater at Alumni Celebration each year.  You may read more about this year's honorees below. Click here to read more about this year's Family Heritage Award recipients.

William O. Bank '63 graduated from BW with a Bachelor of Arts in German before earning his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1967. At BW, Bill lettered on and was captain of the swim team, setting several BW freestyle records. Bill served his military obligation as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy, during which time he also participated in multiple carrier qualification detachments (qualifying for membership in the Tailhook Association), several aircraft accident investigation boards, and was invited to speak at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute. After completing his military service, Bill completed his residency in diagnostic radiology and a fellowship training in neuroradiology. His career in academic medicine led to faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of California San Francisco, the University of Southern California, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and the George Washington University. Bill served as a neuroradiologist and participated in the development of the subspecialty of “interventional neuroradiology,” a subspecialty recently renamed “Neuro Interventional Surgery." While maintaining his academic appointment as a professor at George Washington University, Bill moved his practice to the Medstar Washington Hospital Center, where his treatment focused on brain aneurysms and brain and spinal arteriovenous malformations. He taught internationally, consulted, and performed cases frequently at the National Children’s Hospital and the Walter Reed Military Medical Center, and was on the Top Doctors lists of Washington, D.C. and of Northern Virginia from 1994 until his retirement in 2014. He considers his greatest award to be the appointment of recent subspecialty trainees, one to be the Director of the Stroke and Neuro Interventional Service at Georgetown University, and the other to be the Chairman of Neurosurgery at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center. Over the years, Bill has contributed substantial research and writing to a variety medical journals in English and French, and has spoken at major international medical meetings.  He speaks English, Flemish (Dutch), French, and Italian, and regrets that the German he learned at BW has become “very rusty.”  After retirement in 2014, Bill has devoted his time to his grandchildren and painting watercolors.

Brian Hall ’87 MBA earned a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati before coming to BW to earn his Executive MBA. He also completed four annual executive tracks in business management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He served as the CEO of Industrial Inventory Solutions, which was listed on the Black Enterprise 100 for five years prior to the 2008 recession. He has led ventures with Fortune 1000 partners, serving as board chair and CEO of iSource Performance Materials (Applied Industrial Technologies, NYSE: AIT) and Innogistics LLC (Exel/DHL). Brian is currently owner and CEO of JIT Services, LLC and All About People, LLC, both devoted to staffing and recruiting.  Additionally, he is senior vice president at the Greater Cleveland Partnership, where he is executive director for the Commission on Economic Inclusion. In 2016, Brian formed 2NorthStar Capital, LLC to acquire businesses in logistics, packaging, manufacturing, staffing, or other services that sell into supplier, diversity-friendly sectors. A civic-minded leader, Brian has dedicated his skills to a variety of civic boards and private for-profit boards (Fifth Third Bank NEO, Shorebank Cleveland) and public-facing boards (Cleveland Cuyahoga Port Authority, North East Ohio Sewer District). Today he serves as director, chair of governance, and member of compensation committee at University Hospital Health System. He is also trustee, chair of finance, member of governance committee of University of Cincinnati Foundation, and director of the president’s council business chamber. He is director of Rhythm and Blues Foundation NYC as well as chair of Black Young Presidents Organization Network (of YPO International).

Michael R. Rousek ’97, '00 MBA earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and graduated magna cum laude in 1997 from Baldwin Wallace. He returned to BW to earn a Master of Business Administration in International Management in 2000. While at BW, he was inducted into four honor societies and has since volunteered as a political science and international & legal studies committee member. After graduating in 1997, Mike began his career in the U.S. Department of the Treasury with the U.S. Customs Service. Mike joined the U.S. Department of State as a foreign service officer in 2002.  He has served overseas in Cambodia, Germany, Indonesia, and Croatia as well as in Washington, D.C., in the Economic Bureau at the State Department. He has taken on multiple roles during his foreign service career as consul, deputy principal officer, and currently economic unit chief at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia. Mike has responded to disasters in Indonesia, monitored local and national elections in Southeast Asia and Europe, promoted American polices and values to thousands of young people, advocated for U.S. investments and exports, worked to stop human trafficking and promote human rights, tracked extremism, and participated in multilateral trade negotiations. Mike earned a total of eight honors awards for his work representing the United States. He speaks five foreign languages and is finishing a second Master’s in International Relations from the Freie UniversitÓ“t in Berlin, Germany. An active alumnus, he has coordinated campus visits with Dr. Judy Krutky to talk about his foreign service career and has met with BW Model UN students in Washington, D.C. and abroad during his postings. In 2018, he will assume the role of deputy economic section chief and energy officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Andrew S. Weyrich ’85 graduated with honors from Baldwin Wallace with a Bachelor of Science in biology and as an All-American in baseball. He went on to Wake Forest University and earned his Master’s degree in exercise physiology. He subsuquently completed a Ph.D. in physiology/pharmacology at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, followed by fellowships at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Penn. and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Today, Andy is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking research in blood clotting. He has published more than 150 research articles, delivered over 100 national and international lectures, and received more than $25 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. He is credited with changing the understanding of the hemostatic function of blood platelets and defining new roles for platelets in inflammatory diseases. Andy was awarded the Biennial Award for Contributions to Haemostasis (BACH) by the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, the American Heart Association’s Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology Special Recognition Award, and more recently the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Dameshek Prize – one of the most competitive and recognized awards in hematology research. He was also recently chosen to be the scientific co-chair for the 2017 American Society in Hematology national conference, which hosts more than 30,000 clinicians and researchers from all over the world. Andy is currently a Professor of Internal Medicine, the holder of the prestigious H.A. & Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair, and the Vice President for Research at the University of Utah. 

2017 Family Heritage Award

Baldwin Wallace recognizes and honors those distinguished families who, throughout generations, have provided many years of faithful and loyal service to Baldwin Wallace University. One family is honored annually at Alumni Celebration.

The Black, Henderson, Koch Family includes sixteen BW graduates and former students:
*Rev. Benjamin J. Black 1902
*Ruth Emily France Black, attended 1905
*Rev. Joseph Henderson '25 (Trustee 1962-86)
*Rev. Earl R. Henderson '26
*Elizabeth Black Henderson '28
*Margaret Black West '32
Ruth Black Koch, attended 1942
*Rev. Benjamin J. Black, Jr. '42 (Trustee 1969-72) 
*Donald A. Koch '42
*Robert Henderson '48
Ruth Jones Kopecky '51
James T. Henderson '53
Nancy Woodman Henderson '54
Rev. Benjamin J. Black III '72 
Robert Henderson '75 
Jeffrey Short '87

Their legacy began in 1902 and is represented by many generations of graduates and impact on BW.  We appreciate their ongoing commitment to the Baldwin Wallace University community. 




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