Pittsburg State University will honor three alumni with its Meritorious Achievement Awards during commencement activities on Dec 15. The PSU Alumni Association established the Meritorious Achievement Award in 1958. It is the highest award based on career achievement presented by the Alumni Association. Candidates for the award must have demonstrated substantial professional growth and advancement over an extended period of time. The candidate's activities, including participation and leadership in civic and professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels, are also considered by the awards committee in selecting the recipients. This year's recipients are David Pierce, a professor of law at the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka; Samuel Steele, Jr., a physician practicing urology in western North Carolina; and Richard Stilwell, the president and founding shareholder of Insight Management Consultants in Prairie Village, Kan. David Edward Pierce BA '74 David Edwatilwell is the president and founding shareholder of Insight Management Consultants, a professional services firm focused on assisting clients in their pursuit of sustained competitive success. Before founding Insight in 1994, Stilwell served in senior leadership positions with two privately held companies and was a partner and national practice director with Touche Ross & Co., which is now Deloitte & Touche LLP. Stilwell serves on the board of directors of the High Plains Division of the American Cancer Society and is a member of the American Cancer Society's Chairman's Circle in Kansas City. He is a 2005 recipient of the American Cancer Society's Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award. Stilwell has served with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Folly Theater Performing Arts Foundation. He is a member of the PSU Kelce College of Business Accounting Advisory Board. As a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, Stilwell serves as the national fraternity's audit committee and is a 2006 recipient of the Significant Sig Award. He has a long history of many other community activities and professional affiliations. Stilwell has been the recipient of the PSU National Honorary Award in Business Administration and the Omicron Delta Kappa National Honorary Award in Leadership. After serving with the Kansas Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves, he was named Outstanding ROTC Graduate. Stilwell received the U.S. Army Leadership Award, and the Erickson Trophy for Distinguished Leadership and Academic Ability from the National Guard. Stilwell received a bachelor of science in degree in business administration from PSU in 1970. He earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1973. Stilwell lives with his wife, Constance, in Prairie Village, Kan.
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