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 Local Leader, International Leader Selected for SRU Distinguished Alumni Honors 

 

SPOTLIGHT

7/17/2006

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

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Awards Planned at President’s Gala to Raise Scholarship Funds

SRU CHOOSES LOCAL LEADER, INTERNATIONAL LEADER

FOR 2006 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI HONORS

     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –  Robert S. Taylor, Esq., chair and chief executive officer of Cameron Companies, LLC., community leader, Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees vice chair and 1978 graduate, has been name to receive Slippery Rock University’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2006, and Mohammad Nasib, multi-award winning managing director of the Welfare Association for the Development of Afghanistan and 1992 SRU graduate, has been named recipient of the University’s first Distinguished International Alumni Award.

      The awards honor alumni who set themselves apart by their involvement in philanthropy, community service, service to the university, and professional and personal development. They will be presented at the President’s Gala, a black-tie dinner/dance set for Sept. 9 at the Hilton, Pittsburgh. The event is being staged as a way of further building SRU’s general scholarship fund.

      “Slippery Rock University is proud of all of its graduates, and annually we have presented our Distinguished Alumni Award to illustrious graduates. I am proud to say this year, we have added a Distinguished International Alumni Award, and in selecting Robert Taylor and Mohammad Nasib, we salute two graduates who have truly distinguished themselves and brought honor to their alma mater,” said SRU President Robert Smith. “I am proud to be able to point to such prominent, capable leaders who have given so much of themselves and their talents to their communities, their countries and their university, and to say these are ‘Slippery Rock University alumni.’”

     Taylor is also a member of the Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit organization charged with stewardship of the University’s philanthropic resources and served on the SRU President’s Advisory Council. He is chair of The Campaign for Slippery Rock University, a $33-million, 10-year fundraising effort.

     His firm is a diversified holding company specializing in business and government affairs consulting, real estate investment and acquisition, legal affairs and turnaround management. In addition to his SRU degree, he graduated from Temple University School of Law and has been admitted to practice before the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

      He has been a White House appointee to the Environmental Protection Agency, a trustee in bankruptcy in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and a staff attorney to the Pennsylvania Worker's Compensation Appeal Board. His association with the consulting firm, founded by former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Drew Lewis, has resulted in considerable exposure to the legislative, regulatory and executive branches of state and federal government and private business management. His clients have included among others, Fortune 500 companies, large banks, engineering firms, marine terminal operators, software companies, waste haulers, pharmaceutical firms, health-related organizations and various non-profit organizations.

      Taylor has been active in Pennsylvania government, business and politics for 25 years. Reared in Bucks County, he coordinated the 1980 George Bush for President campaign in Pennsylvania, and was director of the Reagan-Bush 1984 re-election campaign in the commonwealth. He has also managed several lower profile congressional and state campaigns. He served as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Republican Party from 1986 to 1992, and as a member of the Governor's Transition Team in 1994. He has been a fundraiser for numerous federal, state and local candidates.

      Long active in the community, the SRU graduate has served on the boards of several Pennsylvania companies and charitable organizations, including Employers' Acquisition, Inc.; the Pennsylvania Partnership for Economic Education, including service as vice chairman; Southern Homes Services, treasurer; Buck County NAWC Economic Adjustment Committee, chairman; Bucks County Housing Development Corp.; Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; the Regional Learning Alliance, Inc., secretary; and the Trade Task Group, Inc.

      Mohammad Nasib

      Since August 2002, Hasib has had overall responsibility for managing both the strategic and operational activities of WADAN, an indigenous, non-profit, non-governmental organization which has a primary focus of civic education in peace building, democracy and human rights, particularly at the grassroots level in rural areas where democracy is introduced as a system compatible with traditional values. Concurrently, WADAN has established therapeutic drug rehabilitation centers in Paktia, Kandahar and Helmand provinces and has drop-in centers in Logar and Ghazni for outreach work to drug addicts and communities.

      In Nangarhar and Laghman provinces, WADAN has organized community based non-formal schools to provide primary education for those who have been deprived of educational opportunities.

           As the International Republican Institute’s first country program coordinator for Afghanistan, Nasib designed and implemented civic education programs, wrote political analysis reports and facilitated communication between IRI and the relevant departments of the Transitional Islamic Government of Afghanistan. Based in Islamabad and later in Kabul, he coordinated the World Bank’s Afghanistan Watching Brief Project that initiated various development projects during and following the Taliban’s departure from government. He worked for the United Nations Drug Control Program for almost eight years. In addition to strategic and operational tasks, he monitored the UNDCP annual opium survey in the eastern zone and negotiated with both local authorities and the target communities regarding drug control initiatives.

     Nasib was born in Kodikhel village, Shirzad district – near Tora Bora – in Nangarhar province. His early education was at the village school where children sat on the ground to study and did their written work in the sand. After the Soviet invasion, his family migrated to Peshawar, Pakistan, where he worked for the NGO community. He came to the U.S. for higher education as a Weber Scholar and in 1992 graduated summa cum laude from SRU with a bachelor of science in public administration and international comparative politics.

          In 1999, he received his master of business administration from Preston University in Pakistan. Last August, he participated in the first Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law Program at the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

      The National Endowment for Democracy awarded Nasib its 2005 Democracy Awards at a U.S. Senate ceremony. "The Honorable Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan Medal,” one of Afghanistan’s highest honors was awarded on May 14, for WADAN’s work in grassroots democracy by President Karzai and was presented by His Majesty, Mohammad Zahir Shah, father of the nation.

      The President’s Gala will use the theme “Our Rock Around the World” in its scholarship fundraising efforts.  Tickets to the 6:30 p.m. event are $100 per person, including dinner and dancing to the sounds of the SRU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Stephen Hawk, associate professor of music. The jazz group spent the early part of July touring Europe, including performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands. Business and individual sponsorships for the gala are available. Reservations, due by Aug. 10, may be made by calling 724-738-2004.

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