SRU names 2015 Distinguished Alumni
Oct. 2, 2015
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Alumni Engagement Office has named four SRU graduates who personify excellence in public service, business and teaching as 2015 Distinguished Alumni. Cheryle Campbell, '67, Mike Cully, '80, Joe Finney, '86, and Kristie Shulsky, '92, will be recognized for their many contributions Oct. 9 as part of SRU's Oct. 9-10 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend "All Roads Lead to The Rock." Homecoming honors the Class of 1965.
The Alumni Association's Awards Selection Committee reviewed nominations and chose the winners.
"Each awardee was selected for their outstanding personal and professional accomplishments, as well as a continuing involvement in the life of Slippery Rock University," said Kelly Bailey, director of Alumni Engagement. "Their accomplishments reflect positively on the quality of education they received and demonstrated the contributions of alumni to their professions and their communities."
Campbell, called "Sherry," directs the Pittsburgh Field Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
As a student at SRU, Cambell worked as a reporter and editor for The Rocket and served with student government. She received a degree in secondary education and later earned her master's degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
Following graduation, she began her career as a junior planner at the Lawrence County Regional Planning Commission. She moved to Harrisburg to specialize in mass transit for the state Department of Community Affairs. She later worked as a technical writer for Westinghouse Electric Corp.
Campbell began her career with HUD in 1972 where she's served in a number of capacities including: community planning and development representative 1975-1979; program manager from 1979-1985; chief of multifamily housing programs from 1985-1987; director of fair housing and equal opportunity from 1987-1998; and community builder from 1998-2002. Beginning in 2002, Campbell served as deputy Field Office Director and three years later, she became director.
Cully owns United Plate Glass Company, with locations in Butler and Charlotte, N.C. The company, founded by William Cully, his father, serves the commercial and residential glass industry as a supplier of architectural glass products. Cully oversees operations in Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia, southwestern New York, Maryland and North Carolina.
Cully, who received his bachelor of science in economics, created a scholarship benefiting two students a year and is an active board member for the Slippery Rock University Foundation. He has attended many of the important development initiatives, such as the President's Gala and the Sunset Serenade at SRU's Storm Harbor Equestrian Center.
Cully serves as a member of the Butler County Community Development Authority promoting business growth.
Finney is chief executive officer for Environmental Pest Services. He is based in Tampa, Fla. The company operates in Florida and Georgia and has grown to $50 million in annual sales.
Finney began his career with Service Master in 1987, starting as a branch manager for Terminix and continued to advance to regional manager, division sales manager, regional vice president and European managing director, where he recruited and turned around a $165 million business group.
Finney has served in positions with TruGreen Lawn Care/TruGreen Land Care, Michelin North America, where he managed 2,100 employees, and Sears Automotive Group. At Sears, he managed 14,000 employees.
Finney, who received a degree in business from SRU, has returned to SRU as a speaker for the Success Speaker Series offered by the College of Business.
At SRU, Shulsky was a four-year member of the Rocketts squad of the then Marching Rockets. She swam on the women's varsity swimming team, where she help set a school relay record in 1988. She was named Miss Slippery Rock University in 1988.
After graduating from SRU, Shulsky taught and coached in the Carlynton School District for seven years and the Cornell School District for five years. She served as an assistant principal at Cornell for one year before serving as an administrator in the Slippery Rock Area School District.
The Harmony resident was the assistant principal for two years and has been principal at Slippery Rock Area High School for the past six years. Shulsky earned the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Nomination and her high school was a recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Academics in the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years.
Shulsky pursued her doctoral degree while aiming to become a school superintendent and she has also been a recipient of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Foundation Doctoral Fellowship.
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