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Rasmussen, Leuer, and Savin Recognized by UI Alumni Association

Tippie alumni Stephen S. Rasmussen (BBA '74) and Kenneth C. Leuer (BSC56) are among the recipients of the UI Alumni Association's 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards. In addition, Professor Emeritus Gene Savin received the Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award.

Rasmussen received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement, which recognizes significant accomplishments in business or professional life or for distinguished human service. He is the perfect role model for students in the Tippie College of Business, serving as chief executive officer of Nationwide, where he provides strategic leadership for one of the country’s largest insurance and financial companies. In addition to a successful Fortune 500 career based on hard work and ethical behavior, he has demonstrated incredible loyalty to his alma mater: in recognition of Iowa’s impact on his own career achievements and the insurance industry as a whole, Rasmussen helped secure a $1.5 million pledge from Allied Insurance in 2003 to establish the UI’s Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance.

Kenneth C. Leuer received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Leuer personifies selfless service and sacrifice—displaying character, leadership, and professionalism whether on the UI wrestling mat or in the highest ranks of the U.S. Army. An all-American wrestler and NCAA champion, Leuer followed graduation with a decorated 32-year military career. His various international assignments with the U.S. Army Infantry culminated in distinctions that few infantry officers ever achieve, including the role of Commanding General of the U.S. Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning, Ga., the Army's largest post. Leuer's lifetime example of service continued after active duty, when he became a regional CEO/president of Goodwill Industries and elevated his branch from financial hardship to international recognition.

Savin's groundbreaking research in econometrics—the application of mathematics and statistical methods to economic data—has been cited thousands of times by leading scholars. Savin has been named a fellow in the Econometric Society and the American Statistical Association, and his work has been published in top research journals. Outside of his research and the classroom, he has shown a deep commitment to his community and the arts, supporting such organizations as the UI College of Business, Hancher Auditorium, the UI Museum of Art, and the Hillel Foundation.

“The Alumni Association is celebrating its 50th year of recognizing the outstanding efforts of alumni and friends,” says Vince Nelson, president and CEO of the UI Alumni Association. “Whether through their professional work or their service to the community, they make a difference not only at our institution but around the world.”

Presented annually since 1963, the Distinguished Alumni Awards are the Alumni Association’s highest honor. They recognize the outstanding achievements and service of UI alumni and friends. This year’s awards are given in four categories: Achievement, Service, Faculty/Staff, and Young Alumni.

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