An economics major at Wittenberg, Bates helped transform his family's company, Stanley Steemer, founded by his father, into one of America's leading providers of carpet cleaning services with 54 corporate locations and 235 franchises. With headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, Stanley Steemer has enjoyed significant growth under Bates' leadership. In 2005, the company's "Living Brings It In. We Take It Out" marketing strategy was honored with a Silver Effie from the New York American Marketing Association for its creative achievement and dramatic business results. One of the first carpet cleaning companies to launch a national network advertising campaign, Stanley Steemer also broke ground with its introduction of online scheduling via its Web site. Bates and his wife, Ann Sammel Bates, also Wittenberg class of 1970, have two grown children.
Hupp, who majored in business administration, entered her father's business, based in Springfield, Ohio, shortly after her graduation from Wittenberg, working her way up from advertising coordinator to president and CEO in 1997. Sweet Manufacturing, which produces agricultural and industrial material handling and conveying equipment and structural support systems, celebrated 50 years in business in 2005 and is a twice-honored recipient of the Ohio Governor's Excellence in Exporting Award. Active at her alma mater, having served on Wittenberg's Alumni Board, Tiger Career Network and Defining Moments Campaign Committee, Hupp also serves on the Equipment Manufacturer's Council of the American Feed Industry Association board and is active in the Springfield community. She and her husband, Greg, have a daughter.
As founding CEO of Medstar Health, a $3.5 billion non-profit community-based healthcare organization consisting of a network of eight hospitals and 20 other healthcare providers, McDaniel developed Medstar into the third largest employer in the Baltimore-Washington area with 23,000 employees and 4,600 affiliated physicians. A business major at Wittenberg, McDaniel has spent most of his career in the healthcare industry, including serving as president and CEO of both Lutheran Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and Maryland Health Care Systems Inc., prior to becoming CEO of Medlantic Healthcare Group, later to become MedStar Health. Active in a variety of civic and business associations, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, which honored him in 2002 with its "Leader of the Years" award and the 2007 Business Hall of Fame award. McDaniel also has been a member of the board of Georgetown University and is currently a director of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Maryland State Racing Commission. He and his wife, Ellen, a physician, have two children.
As co-owner and operator with husband Bruce of The Inn at Gristmill Square in Warm Springs, Va., McWilliams has ensured that guests find a "peaceful escape from the rush and noise of everyday life" in the Allegheny Mountains. Established in 1972, the inn utilizes five original 19th century buildings, including a blacksmith shop and hardware store, which were converted to guest rooms and office space. The inn also converted two homes, The Steele House and The Miller House, into guest rooms and a day spa. Active in the Bath County community, where the inn is located, McWilliams also serves as vice president of the Bath County Historical Society, treasurer of the Garth Newel Music Center and on the board of Safehome Systems Inc. Following graduation from Wittenberg and prior to moving to Virginia, McWilliams worked as a social worker and later earned her master's in clinical social work from Case Western Reserve University. She continued to work with battered women and children for several years.
As president of Colby College and the former president of Bucknell University, Adams has been a longtime advocate of liberal arts education. Following graduation from Colorado College in 1972, Adams received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study in France and later earned his Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Among his first initiatives at Colby was the creation of a strategic planning process, which produced the ambitious Plan for Colby. Prior to his two college presidencies, Adams served as vice president and secretary, and as the executive assistant to the president at Wesleyan University. He has two children, Sean and Carmen.
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