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2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards were honored in April at a gala sponsored by the IUP Alumni Association. Video profiles appear on the IUP Alumni website.

Kevin Bailey

With two IUP degrees and a PhD from Bowling Green State University, Kevin Bailey ’86, M’90 is vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte—the place his career began in 1990. He returned to that campus in 2017 to assume his current role. He has also held administrative and teaching positions at the University of West Florida, Tulane University, Millersville University, Bowling Green, and IUP. A Philadelphia native who came to IUP as a first-generation student, he has been a leader in national student affairs associations; a highly regarded consultant, teacher, mentor, author, and presenter; and a recipient of many civic and professional awards.

James Dill

James Dill ’77 was the first employee in the history of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General to start in the agency as an intern and rise during three decades to be deputy chief in the Criminal Investigations Division. This is the highest achievable career rank in the 300-agent division. Today the Windber native is founder and chief executive officer of Innovative Technology and Investigative Solutions, providing training and consulting to police, victim advocates, educators, and students in many states. Closer to home, he has also worked with state officials to upgrade security in the Harrisburg Capitol complex. He and his wife, Virginia Stoughton Dill ’77, have four sons.

Edward Keller

Texan Edward Keller ’74 is president and chief executive officer of the Beaumont Foundation of America, which has distributed more than $160 million in grants to help people in need. Coming to IUP from Waynesboro, he went on to spend 28 years in law enforcement, starting with the Maryland State Police and retiring as an FBI agent. In that time, he received numerous honors and awards for outstanding investigative work and for his leadership skills. He is also president and CEO of the Albert and Gena Reaud Guest House, which provides accommodations for families of Beaumont area hospital patients. He and his wife, Judy, have twin sons and four grandchildren.

Skip Kingstron

Skip Kingston ’73, M’75 is an internationally renowned analytical chemist, environmental scientist, and innovator whose work has revolutionized the way toxins are regulated in the US. Coming to IUP from Harrisburg after Vietnam-era military service, he went on to receive a PhD from American University. Since 1991, he has been professor of analytical chemistry at Duquesne University. Holding roughly 50 patents worldwide, he is founder and codirector of the Center of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry, founder and director of the Center for Microwave and Analytical Chemistry, and founder of the Environmental Science and Management Program. He is married to Mary Lynn Mandigo Kingston ’76, an IUP Home Economics alumna.

Amanda Lucidon

Amanda Lucidon ’01 is an award-winning documentarian, filmmaker, public speaker, and New York Times best-selling author. She is one of only a few women in history to have served as an official White House photographer and, from 2013 to 2017, was responsible for documenting First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama. In 2018, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts appointed her a Turnaround Artist to highlight arts in underserved schools. Coming to IUP from Warrington, she now lives in Memphis and is implementing a pilot program in the arts for at-risk youth. She and her husband, photographer and filmmaker Alan Spearman, are parents of a young daughter.

Elaine Tselepis Sheetz

Elaine Tselepis Sheetz ’71 has enjoyed wide-ranging careers in music, travel, and food. An IUP music major from Aliquippa, she spent decades as a teacher, composer, and performer at such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Wolf Trap. Meanwhile, she designed and managed more than 120 Smithsonian Institution study tours to some 40 countries and orchestrated such events as the White House Easter Egg Roll and an official visit from the Eastern Orthodox Church ecumenical patriarch. For more than two decades, Cesco Osteria, the Bethesda, Maryland, restaurant she owns with her partner, Chef Francesco Ricchi, has garnered scores of recognitions for its Tuscan cuisine.


Pittsburgher Robert Stewart ’81 grew up on a farm near New Bethlehem and worked for a farm supply dealer during college summers to pay his tuition. In the 19 years he later spent at PNC Bank, he became managing director of Investment Technology at PNC Asset Management and earned an MBA from Drexel University. In 2000, he launched InvestEdge, which today has 75 employees and provides investment management software to 115 businesses that collectively manage more than $1 trillion in assets. He holds eight patents with two more pending and has won many awards. He and his wife, Donna Smith Stewart ’81, a speech pathologist, have two daughters and a son.