Dr. Roger Anderson of Bowling Green, an associate professor emeritus of political science, will receive an Honorary Alumnus Award at the Alumni Association’s 2007 Alumni Awards dinner Friday (May 11).
Anderson is an active volunteer within the Bowling Green community. He joined the BGSU faculty in 1967 and taught for 31 years in the political science department, serving as chair and graduate coordinator of the department. He was also chair of the BGSU Arts and Sciences Council and a longtime member of Faculty Senate.
His community involvement as a former city council member, coordinator for the Black Swamp Arts Festival, and a member of the Bowling Green Human Relations Commission, Community Foundation, League of Women Voters and Symphony earned him the distinction of BG’s Man of the Year in 2005. He also has provided leadership for the BGSU Retirees Association since 2001 and for the BGSU Friends of the Library Board.
Also receiving the Honorary Alumnus Award will be Laurence Bettcher of Birmingham, Ohio, who is president of Bettcher Industries. A longtime friend of BGSU, primarily at BGSU Firelands, he is chair of the Firelands Development Board and a past president of the Firelands Advisory Board. He and his wife, Karen, established a scholarship in 2004 for high school graduates from Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties interested in manufacturing. Through his company, Bettcher fosters internships and co-ops for scholarship recipients.
This year’s other award recipients are Derek Eiler of Atlanta; J. Michael McGuire of Charlotte, N.C., and Gerald Baker of Canton.
Eiler, the chief operating officer of The Collegiate Licensing Co., is the winner of the 2007 Recent Graduate Award. As COO, he serves on the company’s senior management team, helping to direct corporate strategy and internal operations. He also is a frequent licensing industry spokesperson. A 1993 graduate of the BGSU sport management program, he was honored in 2002 as an Accomplished Graduate of BGSU’s College of Education and Human Development. He frequently returns to campus to speak to students in the sports management program about licensing, career planning and networking. In 2006, he established the S.M.A.R.T. Network, which is intended to re-establish the sport management program’s relationships with its extensive range of alumni working within the industry.
McGuire, the Alumni Community Award recipient, is the Carolinas managing partner for Grant Thornton LLP, overseeing the four offices that comprise the company’s practices in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C., and Columbia, S.C. The 1982 BGSU graduate helped rescue Arthur Andersen’s Carolina offices after the Enron scandal and turned them into the successful Grant Thornton LLP accounting practice. He participates in the BGSU Arts and Sciences Council, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the United Way of Central Carolinas Board of Directors. He earned his undergraduate degree in accounting and management information systems in 1982.
Baker, recipient of the Alumni Service Award, has demonstrated his support of his alma mater through service on the Alumni Association Board. He is a past director of the board and is currently a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Advocates Board. An attorney, he established his own law practice in 1981.
The 2007 awards dinner will be held at Snook’s Dream Cars, 13920 County Home Road, Bowling Green, starting at 6:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. The cost to attend the BGSU Alumni Awards dinner is $35 per person. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni and Development at 2-2424.