As a student and economics/accounting major at Wittenberg, Hank Sturges quickly realized that he was a part of something special.
That “something” displayed itself in the friendships he made, the one-on-one relationships with professors he found, especially with his adviser Robert Schultz, and the warm welcome he received from Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Once on campus, he also discovered an academically challenging environment, which would eventually lead him to success as a business owner, accountant and underwriting expert. In short, Wittenberg defined him.
Perhaps that is why Sturges, executive vice president of The Sturges Company in Dublin, Ohio, consistently recruits students for Wittenberg and recently agreed to serve on the university’s Alumni Board.
Maybe it’s why he volunteers as a career adviser and fund-raiser, or why he continues to teach an investment course in Wittenberg’s management department.
Maybe it’s why he has connected alumni back to campus, including helping to arrange the management department’s 2004 executive-in-residence, fellow classmate Randy Adamack ’73, vice president of communications for the Seattle Mariners.
Sturges, himself, can’t quite pin down that one moment that for 31 years has kept him involved with Wittenberg, but it’s for those reasons and more that his alma mater took notice, awarding him its Alumni Citation Award, Oct. 22-24, during its new Homecoming/Reunion Weekend.
Given to those who have brought honor to Wittenberg through exceptional accomplishments in which service to humanity is placed ahead of personal gain or recognition, the award put Sturges in the spotlight, a place he admits is not all that comfortable for him.
“The time I spend involved at Wittenberg whether it’s helping the Betas, teaching in the management department or working with the alumni office, is time I want to spend,” he said.
“Maybe it’s a way to recapture what I liked about Wittenberg as a student. It’s a place that’s very special to me.”