Juniata 's Alumni Achievement Awards Bestowed on Five Graduates
(Posted June 15, 2016)
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College, as part of its "Alumni Weekend 2016," presented five alumni-related awards Saturday, June 4, during Alumni Assembly.
Bowie, Md. resident Maurice C. Taylor, vice president for academic outreach and engagement at Morgan State University, in Baltimore, Md., was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award; Collegeville, Pa. resident William Chew, a retired systems engineer at Lockheed Martin, received the Harold B. Brumbaugh Alumni Service Award; Altoona, Pa. resident Kelly Wike, an independent agent for State Farm Insurance and Financial Services, received the William E. Swigart Jr. Alumni Humanitarian Award; Washington, D.C. resident Scott Kofmehl, senior watch officer in the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Operations Center, was awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award; and Dr. Douglas Spotts, family physician and chief medical information officer at Evangelical Community Hospital, in Lewisburg, Pa., received the Health Professions Alumni Appreciation Award.
Maurice C. Taylor, a native of Baltimore, Md. and a 1972 graduate, has been at Morgan State University since 1991, serving as vice president of academic outreach and engagement since 2012. He oversees the university's online, professional and continuing education programs, as well as community service, summer school, winter session and English as a Second Language.
Taylor started his executive career in higher education at Morgan State, starting as an assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1991. He was promoted to assistant vice president for academic affairs in 1995.
He left Morgan State to accept a job at St. Augustine's College, in Raleigh, N.C., where he worked as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost from 1997 to 2000. He led the college's academic and administrative sections and managed the institution's budget.
In 2000, he returned to Morgan State as special assistant to the president and was named dean of the School of Graduate Studies and professor of sociology in 2001. From 2005 to 2010, he served as a member of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) board, including a term as board chair. He was promoted to vice president for university operations at Morgan State in 2008.
Before specializing in academic administration, Taylor earned a law degree in 1989 from the Duke University School of Law. He went on to practice as a labor lawyer in the Baltimore-based firm of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander from 1989 to 1991.
Taylor earned his bachelor's degree in sociology. He went on to earn a master's degree in 1974 in sociology/criminology and a doctorate in 1978 in sociology/criminology, both from Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio.
He has remained active at Juniata College, serving as a member of the board of trustees from 1993 to 2014. As a trustee, he served of various committees, including Business Affairs, Executive Committee and Investment Committee. He also chaired the Committee on Academic Affairs and Student Life. In addition, he served as a Juniata Admission Ambassador and as a Gold Card Recruiter.
He is exceptionally active in his community, serving on the board of directors for the State of Maryland African-American Museum since 2015. He also serves on the board of trustees at Baltimore's Mercy High School and as a member of the Walters Art Museum's audience committee. He also is a member of the Visit Baltimore Multicultural Advisory Committee and Maryland Campus Compact Senior Advisory Group for Engagement.
William Chew, a Collegeville, Pa. resident, earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1964 at Juniata. He went on to earn a master's degree in 1966 from the University of West Virginia and also earned a master's degree in 1971 from Stanford University in op
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