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Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize graduates who make impact in their professions, communities

Jun 29, 2017

Ohio Northern University’s Alumni Association presented Distinguished Alumni Awards during a recent event on campus.


The awards recognize alumni who have demonstrated loyalty to their alma mater, their community and their profession.


Those recognized were Greg M. Allenby, Pamela S. Hershberger, Bruce A. Hollinger and Richanne C. Mankey.


“The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that the Ohio Northern Alumni Board bestows upon its graduates,” ONU President Daniel DiBiasio said. “These awards honor ONU graduates who exemplify the long-lasting impact an ONU education has on their professional and personal lives.”


Greg Allenby, of Worthington, Ohio, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from ONU in 1978. He is currently the Helen C. Kurtz chair in marketing and professor of marketing and statistics in the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. His research focuses on quantifying aspects of consumer behavior and the development of new methods for market definition, market segmentation, product development, pricing, promotion and targeting activities. Allenby is a fellow of the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science (ISMS) and the American Statistical Association. He is a winner of the Parlin Award for sustained contributions to the field of marketing research and the ISMS Long Term Impact Award. Allenby has published numerous papers in academic journals. He is co-author of “Bayesian Statistics and Marketing” and the textbook “Seven Summits of Marketing Research.” Allenby has served as co-editor of Quantitative Marketing and Economics, and he has been associate editor for the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, and the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. He has been vice president of the Research Council within the American Marketing Association and program chair of the Advanced Research Techniques Forum, a national conference that brings together quantitative researchers from industry and academe. He has served as chair of the Section on Statistics in Marketing of the American Statistical Association and vice president for education of the INFORM Society on Marketing Science. Allenby serves his alma mater as a member of the ONU Board of Trustees. He earned a master’s degree from Illinois Institute of Technology as well as an MBA and doctoral degree, both from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.


Pamela Hershberger, of Maumee, Ohio, graduated from Ohio Northern in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting and finance. During her college career, Hershberger was a member of ONU’s volleyball and women’s basketball teams, earning varsity letters in both sports. She is managing partner with Ernst & Young LLP in Toledo, Ohio, and she has been with the firm for 30 years. Beyond her professional pursuits, Hershberger is actively involved in her community. She is chair of the board for the Toledo Zoo, treasurer of the board of the Toledo Symphony and a board member of the Toledo Community Foundation. She is also on the finance committee and vice president of All Saints Lutheran Church. Hershberger has previously been on the boards of Junior Achievement and the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio (serving as past chairs of both organizations, the YWCA, Leadership Toledo and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce. She also serves her alma mater as a member of the ONU Board of Trustees and has served on the Dicke College of Business Administration Advisory Board. Further, Hershberger has been recognized with the Pinnacle Award from the Dicke College of Business Administration. She has also been named among Distinguished Alumni of Napoleon High School and inducted into the Napoleon High School Hall of Fame, as well as earning the YWCA of Toledo Milestone Award.


Bruce Hollinger, of Gainesville, Ga., earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Ohio Northern in 1975. He later earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. His master’s degree thesis later became an article in an American Society of Civil Engineering publication. A legacy student from Lima Senior High School, both of his parents also attended ONU. As an undergraduate student, Hollinger was a member of the college of engineering’s concrete canoe team. He is currently CEO of WiSys LLC in Marietta, Ga. He founded the software company in 2004, and it has grown to include a staff of nearly 20 individuals. Previously, Hollinger founded Macola Software in 1982 and grew the company to more than 350 employees before merging with Exact Software in 2001. He then joined Inspired Solutions in 2002 as senior partner and merged that company with Exact Software in 2005. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year for Columbus and Central Ohio in 1998. Hollinger is also a member of the Ohio Northern Smull College of Engineering Advisory Board. He has been involved in civic organizations, including the boards of Marion General Hospital, Marion Technical College, Marion Palace Theater and Epworth Methodist Church.


Richanne Mankey, of Defiance, Ohio, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio Northern in 1982. She later earned a master’s degree in social agency counseling from the University of Dayton and a doctoral degree in adult education from the Teachers College of Columbia University. While an ONU student, she was a residence hall resident assistant and head resident. Mankey is currently president of Defiance College, and she became the college’s first female leader when she began her tenure in January 2016. A native of Tiffin, Ohio, Mankey’s career in higher education began in 1983 at ONU, when she served as student activities director and director of McIntosh Center. She later spent three years with the A.E. Roby Company as general manager/interior design, managing 25 employees at three retail locations. She then returned to Ohio Northern in 1991 as director of residence life. Mankey was promoted to vice president of student affairs and dean of students in 1996. In 2003, she accepted a position with Daemen College in upstate New York. As vice president of institutional advancement, she led the college to two of its highest giving years while adding several advancement initiatives. Throughout her career in higher education, Mankey has been a faculty member and very involved in leadership development. She is also involved in her communities. Her current civic engagement includes membership on the Promedica Defiance Regional Hospital Board of Trustees, Defiance City Strategic Planning Committee, Defiance City Schools Strategic Planning Committee and Defiance 2100 Visioning Group.