The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics will induct four graduates into its renowned B&E Roll of Distinguished Alumni during WVU Homecoming Weekend. This year’s honorees, who represent various industries, will be inducted during a ceremony and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.
This year’s inductees will include Armando Anido, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Berwyn, Pennsylvania; Kim Craig, president and chief executive officer of F.N.B. Wealth Management, Morgantown; Royce Harworth Keller, former chief financial officer and chairperson of the board for CLG, Morgantown; and Rodney Williams, CEO and co-founder of LISNR, Cincinnati, Ohio.
This is the 7th class to be inducted into the B&E Roll of Distinguished Alumni, with a total of 30 inductees to date. The award was initiated in 2011 to commemorate B&E’s 60th Anniversary Celebration.
“This is an extraordinary group of inductees who have experienced great success in some fascinating industries,” Milan Puskar Dean Javier Reyes said. “We are fortunate at the College of Business and Economics to continue to honor alumni who are highly accomplished and are such great role models and inspiration for current B&E students. These four individuals all have our business school as a common thread in their remarkable careers, and they show us what #MountaineersGoFirst really means.”
Anido graduated from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 1980 and earned an MBA at B&E in 1985 while employed at the Upjohn Company. He went on to executive roles and responsibilities in the commercialization of pharmaceuticals at companies such as Lederle Laboratories, Burroughs Wellcome, GlaxoWellcome and MedImmune before becoming CEO of three publicly-traded companies on NASDAQ: Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, NuPathe, Inc. and Zynerba Pharmaceuticals. His deep understanding of the development and commercialization of pharmaceuticals, combined with his leadership strength, has propelled him into a well-respected pharmaceutical executive among his peers. Anido has received multiple honors for his excellence in the life sciences, including being inducted into the WVU College of Pharmacy Centennial Hall of Fame in 2014 and being named one of the Top 10 Health Care Transformers in 2015 by Philadelphia Business Journal. He and his wife, Veronica, have five children.
Craig is a native of Clarksburg and currently leads F.N.B. Wealth Management, which operates First National Trust Company, a nationally chartered trust company, F. N. B. Investment Advisors, Inc., a registered investment adviser, and First National Investment Services Company, LLC, a licensed insurance agency. He received his bachelor’s degree in in 1977 from B&E as a double major in finance and accounting. Following graduation from West Virginia University, Craig was employed by Fidelity Union Bancorporation in Moorestown, New Jersey, the Blueville Bank of Grafton in Grafton, First National Bank of Morgantown in Morgantown, and served as executive vice president of Promistar Financial Corporation prior to his current appointment as president and CEO of F.N.B. Wealth Management in 2005. Craig serves on the Visiting Committee for the WVU College of Business and Economics. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children and five grandchildren.
A native of Morgantown, Keller earned an accounting degree from B&E in only three and a half years, graduating in 1967. She began her career in public accounting in Chicago, where she worked as a junior staff auditor at Price Waterhouse. She moved on to a tax manager position at Arthur Andersen, specializing in investment partnerships. In 1975, she returned to Morgantown, raised three boys and provided tax services to family and friends. In 1985, Keller accepted the position of vice president at Alpha Associates, a Morgantown architectural and engineering firm. In 1996, she became chief financial officer for CLG, an international consulting firm headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She helped CLG grow from $5 million in revenues to $35 million, the sale of the firm to a publicly traded company and, ultimately, an employee repurchase of the company. Keller retired from CLG in 2010, and has served as chair of the WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors and received the honor of Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer. She has three children and five grandchildren.
Williams, a 2006 finance graduate, leads one of the most disruptive companies in the world of mobile connectivity. LISNR is an ultrasonic inaudible technology; a communication protocol that sends data over audio. He has grown the company from a single idea to a promising global standard, with more than 40 industry awards, most notably a Cannes Gold Lion in Mobile Software Innovation. He has also been honored by Ad Age’s Top 40 under 40, Upstart100 and selected as Black Enterprise’s Tech Entrepreneur of the Year. Prior to LISNR, Williams spent four years at Procter & Gamble as a brand manager and is most noted as the first marketer there to co-write digital patents. Prior to P&G, Williams spent two years at Lockheed Martin and four years leading a collegiate digital agency. He earned four degrees in finance and economics, including an MBA from Howard University, by age 24. Williams is currently the youngest member of the Howard University School of Business Board of Advisors and was recently chosen as a Forbes contributing author.
Nominees must meet specific criteria: in addition to being alumni of the College, they must be at least 10 years post-degree, and have distinguished themselves by success in business or life at the regional, national or international level. Inductees are representative of the tremendous successes of B&E’s graduates.
For more on the B&E Roll of Distinguished Alumni and to view current and past inductees, please visit http://business.wvu.edu/roll-of-distinguished-alumni.
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