Bethany College Announces 2010 Alumni Awards

BETHANY, W.Va. —Bethany College will honor four of its outstanding alumni during its annual Alumni Awards Dinner on May 1 as part of the College’s Alumni Weekend festivities. Recipients of the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award, Alumni Achievement Award, Alumni Community Service Award and the Alumnus of the Year Award will be recognized. 

“Bethany College is fortunate to maintain strong relationships with countless alumni who have gone on to achieve great professional success and continually impact their communities with their talents,” stated Bethany College President Scott D. Miller. “I look forward to honoring the exceptional accomplishments of four such individuals during this year’s Alumni Awards presentation.”

George “Ken” Bado, a 1977 graduate of Bethany College, will receive the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award. Bado serves as the executive vice president of sales and services at Autodesk, a leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. The organization addresses customer needs in the architecture, engineering and construction, manufacturing, and media and entertainment industries.

Bado worked as an application engineer early in his career, before moving into computer sales. He was one of the top sales representatives at Intergraph Corporation. He worked for 11 years at Mentor Graphics, holding positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, customer support and consulting. His last position with Mentor was as senior vice president of world trade, where he managed 1,200 employees worldwide.

Bado joined Autodesk in 2002 as vice president of sales, a position to which he applied his distinctive results-oriented approach and helped lead the organization to a period of impressive growth. Bado has been named a CRN Channel Chief for the past three years and was invited to join the Corporate Executive Board’s “Guru Group,” comprised of the most progressive thinkers and practitioners from the commercial function around the world.

Since his graduation from Bethany, Bado has devoted a great amount of his time to his alma mater as a speaker to current and prospective students. He has also been a member of the College’s Board of Trustees since 2006.

Chad Barnett, who graduated from Bethany in 1996, will be presented with the Alumni Achievement Award. He was appointed head of The Linsly School in Wheeling, W.Va. He formerly worked as Linsly’s director of admission, as well as an English teacher, basketball and soccer coach, dormitory master and director of summer school.

Barnett has received the NAIS Edward E. Ford Fellowship award for Emerging Leaders and is a published scholar with an article forthcoming in Philosophical Studies in Education. He is pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership through the University of Pittsburgh, where he serves as a teaching fellow at the School of Education teaching a graduate-level course titled Education and Society.

D. Gail Frankle, a 1977 graduate of Bethany College, earned the Alumni Community Service Award. Frankle serves as the transplant manager/administrator at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and is the president of the Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania. She also works as board secretary for the Association for Transplant Administration. 

Frankle has spent an extensive amount of time serving her community through the development of numerous programs related to health care. She helped develop the first hospital-based forensic services program in Ohio, the DOVE Program (Developing Options for Violent Emergencies). The program helps provide care — including evidence collection, photo documentation of injuries and expert testimony in court — for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

She received the Summit County YWCA 100 Women of Distinction award for community commitment, vision and leadership and is a member of the Harrisburg Choral Society.

Frankle graduated from the Trumbull Memorial School of Nursing in 1987 and received her M.Ed. in Health Education from Penn State University in 1996. She is a doctoral candidate in health care administration at the University of Phoenix and expects to graduate in July 2010.

George Davis will be the inaugural recipient of the College’s Alumnus of the Year Award. A 1978 Bethany graduate and member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, Davis has been a member of the Bethany College Board of Trustees since 2006, serving on the Executive Committee while chairing the Finance and Administration Committee.

Davis is president and CEO of Avatech Solutions and has more than 25 years of leadership experience and a deep understanding of the software services business. With offices nationwide, Avatech Solutions specializes in software systems integration and implementation, consulting, standards development and deployment, education and technical support. Davis joined Avatech as director in July 2006 and shortly thereafter assumed the role of executive vice chairman. He is known for his energetic and hands-on leadership style.

Until 2003, Davis served as president and vice chairman of Aether Systems, a wireless data software and services company, helping to build the venture into a $100-million company. He led its public offering in 1999 and several secondary offerings in 2000. Prior to that, he worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation (now a division of Northrop Grumman) with increasing levels of responsibility in program management.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.