2013 Alumni Achievement Awards
Five Western Illinois University alumni have been selected to receive the WIU Alumni Achievement Award at the Saturday, Dec. 14 Commencement exercises.
This year's Alumni Achievement recipients are Stan R. Campbell, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and director of campus recreation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Roger Clawson, State Farm Agent/owner of Roger Clawson State Farm Agency; John L. Comerford, president of Blackburn College; Richard M. Goldsbury, president of the North America and Oceania Regions of Bobcat Company and president of Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment; and Jeff Lorber, vice chancellor for development at the University of Illinois Springfield and senior vice president of the University of Illinois Foundation.
Comerford and Goldsbury will be recognized at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony, while Clawson, Campbell and Lorber will be recognized at the 1 p.m. ceremony.
Western's Alumni Achievement Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions in one or more of the following: exceptional accomplishment in one's chosen field of endeavor; exceptional service in community affairs at the local, state or national levels; or exceptional service in support of the advancement and continued excellence of WIU.
Campbell, a 1975 physical education master's degree graduate with an emphasis in sports management, has served as associate vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2007, and as director of campus recreation since 1982. Previously, he was the assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and also served as intramural sports and recreation facilities coordinator at Nebraska. Campbell served as the sport clubs director, assistant intramural sports director and physical education instructor at Western Illinois University from 1976-1979. He is a member of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, where he has served as president, Region V vice president and past presidents' representative and NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Campbell was a 2009 inductee of the National College Flag Football Hall of Fame and a 2002 recipient of NIRSA's Honor Award. He currently serves NIRSA as vice president of the Foundation Board of Directors and chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.
Campbell was instrumental in helping pass the referendum at Western for the construction of a new student recreation center, providing background material and research to develop a plan for a center. In addition, he has given back to his alma mater by providing sports management internships for WIU students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he frequently returns to campus to speak to sports management graduate classes. In his community, he serves as a member of the Goodwill Industries Board of Directors, as an elder at his church, and as a member of the Great Plains Trails Network.
Clawson, a 1977 agriculture graduate, has served as a State Farm agent and owner of Roger Clawson State Farm Agency in Moline since 1982, and has achieved the Crystal Excellence Award, the highest honor within the company. He was recruited from Western as a real estate broker for David M. Weiner and Associates in Moline, where he worked until joining State Farm.
Clawson was one of the originating members of the Rho Epsilon real estate fraternity in 1980. He has been significantly involved with his alma mater over the years. He was appointed by the governor to the WIU Board of Trustees in 2013, and has served as a member of the WIU Alumni Council since 2001, including serving as president from 2010-2012 and founding the council's Alumni Legacy Program. In addition to giving of his time, he established the Roger Clawson Fund at WIU, and financially supports several other areas of campus including the Alumni Association, athletics, WQPT Television, student services, campus recreation, scholarships and the University Art Gallery.
In his community, he has been a member of the Moline Little League Board of Directors for 21 years and of the Moline Park Board since 2000, serving as park board president for 10 years, during which time two major sports complexes were renovated resulting in Moline hosting five National ASA Girls softball tournaments creating millions of tourism dollars for the Quad Cities. He also served on Sen. Mike Jacobs Blue Ribbon Committee that was instrumental in the development of the WIU-QC Riverfront Campus.
Comerford, a 1996 political science graduate, has served as president of Blackburn College since July 2013. He previously served as vice president for institutional advancement at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. where he was responsible for fundraising, having launched a planned $80 million comprehensive campaign; marketing; event management; and alumni relations. Comerford previously served as vice president and dean of student life, as well as a faculty member, at Westminster College, and taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He held positions at the University of Kansas, Missouri Western State University and Ball State University. He serves as a consultant-evaluator with the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits institutions of higher education in the North Central region, and is a grant evaluator with the U.S. Department of Education. Comerford also has served as a professional speaker, returns to WIU to attend and present at the College Student Personnel Summer Institute and speaks each semester in classes at WIU. He financially supports scholarships at WIU and the annual fund.
He also is active in his community, serving in leadership roles with the Rotary Club, Boy Scouts and downtown development efforts. He has a master's degree from the University of Central Missouri and earned his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Kansas.
Goldsbury, a 1979 finance graduate and a 1980 MBA graduate, has been a part of Doosan/Ingersoll Rand/Clark Corporations for more than 25 years. He currently serves as president of the North America and Oceania Regions of Bobcat Company and is responsible for all regional activities related to the Bobcat and Doosan branded products. He is also president of Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment. Goldsbury joined Clark Equipment in 1984 and joined Ingersoll Rand as a result of the 1995 acquisition of Bobcat Company. Bobcat Company is the world leader in compact construction equipment and the inventor of the skid steer loader.
Prior to his current role, he held several roles in Bobcat's marketing, service and aftermarket organizations. In 2006, he was appointed president for global product and business strategy of the Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Sector and as president of Schlage Security Products, a world leader in security solutions. Goldsbury returned to the Bobcat organization in 2008 as president of Bobcat Americas. In addition to his position as president of Bobcat Americas, he has served as vice president for global product development, quality and support and marketing services and parts for Bobcat.
Goldsbury is a board member of the greater Fargo/Moorhead Economic Development Corporation; he is also a Board member of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and serves as Chair of the AEM Public Policy Committee. He and his wife Cindy, also a 1979 WIU graduate, have been involved with their alma mater over the years attending many events and supporting student scholarships. During his time at WIU, Goldsbury served as a graduate assistant and was the organizational finance officer (OFO) in the Office of Student Activities.
Lorber, a 1990 college student personnel graduate program alumnus, has served as vice chancellor for development at the University of Illinois Springfield and senior vice president of the University of Illinois Foundation since October 2012. Previously, he was the associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement and executive director of development for the SIU Foundation at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2005-2012). Lorber was also campaign director for SIU Carbondale's first comprehensive campaign, a successful $106 million effort. He has also held advancement positions at several universities: vice chancellor for university advancement at Indiana University Northwest (2001-2005), director of development for the College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee (1998-2001), director of university development at Northern Illinois University (1996-1998), director of major gifts at Butler University (1994-1996), director of major gifts at the University of Northern Iowa (1991-1994), and assistant director of development for the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis (1989-1991).
Lorber received a doctoral degree in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Tennessee in 2001 and a bachelor's degree in communications/public relations from the University of Northern Iowa in 1987. He has been involved with Western since graduating, regularly returning to participate in, and present during, the annual College Student Personnel (CSP) Summer Institute and he has attended many WIU events, both on and off campus over the years. He has also served as a guest speaker for CSP classes. The Lorber family supports many areas of campus including the Alumni Association, student services, CSP, athletics, Horn Field Campus and scholarships.