John Wetzel Named BU Alumni Association Volunteer of the Year


For Immediate Release

Date: October 14, 2020

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications/Media Relations

John Wetzel Named Bloomsburg University Alumni Association Volunteer of the Year

BLOOMSBURG — Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections, John Wetzel ’98, was honored by the Bloomsburg University Alumni Association as its Volunteer of the Year on Saturday, October 10, during a virtual celebration.

“I congratulate Secretary Wetzel and each of the honorees for their dedication and support of this great institution,” said BU President Bashar Hanna. “What they do on behalf of our students and the impact they are making on future generations of families cannot be measured. My congratulations again to these alumni leaders on the well-deserved recognition.”

Wetzel was named as the William T. Derricott ’66 Volunteer of the Year, which recognizes alumni who, through their volunteer contribution of time and talent on behalf of the BU Alumni Association, supports the mission of Bloomsburg University and exemplifies the esprit de corps of Bloomsburg University to those around them.

In addition to serving on the Council of Trustees, Wetzel is an advocate for numerous programs and initiatives. These include the BU Anchor Program, the “It’s On Us” Grant Program, new trustee appointments, and the annual PASSHE Advocacy Day, where students travel to Harrisburg to speak with legislators about funding and issues important to the State System and higher education.

He has also served as the co-chair of the head football coach search committee and participated in the Middle States Accreditation review. Wetzel also works to make sure the PA Department of Corrections promotes jobs and internships to BU students interested in pursuing a career in corrections.

“John is a role model for all of us,” Hanna added. “He’s both the consummate professional and a warm-hearted person. He is always here for BU, and I couldn’t think of a more worthy person who represents the Husky spirit.”

Along with honoring Wetzel, the BU Alumni Association awarded Elizabeth Miller ’17 and Lamar Oglesby ’07 the 2020 Maroon and Gold Excellence Award. The Maroon and Gold Excellence Award recognizes alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years and have met one or more criteria for the Distinguished Service Award and have demonstrated outstanding potential for further contributions.

Bill Bent ’83 and Paul Clifford ’96 were named the 2020 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes alumni who have excelled in at least one of the following areas: significant accomplishments in their profession, outstanding service to Bloomsburg University and/or the Alumni Association, and contributions to humanity.

“The annual Alumni Awards Celebration provides the Bloomsburg University Alumni Association with an opportunity to recognize some of our most accomplished and engaged alumni,” explained Director of Alumni Engagement, Nathan Conroy ’06. “It was exciting to recognize five outstanding alumni who have each made an impact through their service to Bloomsburg University while excelling in their respective careers and contributing to their communities.”