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Pennoni to be Honored as Business Leader of the Year

October 10, 2005

C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni '63, '66, Hon. '92, Drexel trustee and chairman of Pennoni Associates Inc., Consulting Engineers, will receive Drexel's 52nd Business Leader of the Year award at a luncheon on December 1 at noon at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue.

Pennoni Associates Inc. is a multi-disciplinary engineering firm focused on civil infrastructure systems that employs 700 professionals and support staff practicing in the U.S. and internationally. The company has offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Tennessee and several off-shore locations.

Pennoni, a licensed engineer in 11 states, was chairman of the Drexel Board of Trustees from 1997-2003 and served as the University's president and CEO during the 1994-95 academic year. He has served as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); trustee and president of United Engineering Trustees, Inc.; president of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and as a member of the United States Council for International Engineering Practice.

Pennoni was a member of the engineering advisory boards of Drexel, Widener University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently on the boards of Parke Bank; GCA Services, Inc.; The Granite Group; the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania; the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia; and the Penjerdel Council.

Pennoni is president of the ASCE Foundation. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering and has received numerous professional and civic awards. He was knighted by the President of Italy, has received the A.J. Drexel Paul Award and is a member of The Drexel 100.

Drexel’s Pennoni Honors College was named for Pennoni and his wife Annette in 2003.

The Business Leader of the Year luncheon benefits Drexel's LeBow College of Business. The 2004 event honoring Betsy Z. Cohen, founder, CEO and chair of RAIT Investment Trust and The Bancorp Bank, raised $500,000 for scholarships and program support for LeBow College in Cohen's name. For more information on the 2005 Business Leader of the Year luncheon, contact Marc Britton at 215-895-2999 or

Award Recipients 1954-2004

1954 Earl D. Johnson
1955 Edward R. Murrow
1956 Henry R. Luce
1957 General Douglas MacArthur
1958 Edward T. McCormick Jr.
1959 George W. Romney
1960 Dr. Thomas J. Watson
1961 Walter Reuther
1962 The Honorable Luther Hodges
1963 The Honorable Estes Kefauver
1964 Carl E. Reistle
1965 Charles H. Percy
1966 Harrison F. Dunning
1967 Sir Paul Chambers
1968 Dr. David Sarnoff
1969 John R. Bunting Jr.
1970 Meshulam Riklis
1971 John P. Bracken
1972 J. Willard Marriott Jr.
1973 Harold A. Shaub
1974 William T. Beebe
1975 John T. Connor
1976 Helen Honig Meyer
1977 Edward R. Kane
1978 William P. Tavoulareas
1979 James L. Ketelsen

1980 J. Donald Rauth
1981 Robert F. Dee
1982 M. Todd Cooke
1983 John J. Byrne
1984 William W. Hagerty
1985 Philip E. Lippincott
1986 Norman Braman
1987 Willard G. Rouse III
1988 Reverend Leon H. Sullivan
1989 George M. Ross
1990 James A. Hagen
1991 Dr. Harold A. Sorgenti
1992 Robert McClements Jr.
1993 Warren V. Musser
1994 John F. McCaughan
1995 Dennis J. Alter
1996 The Honorable Edward G. Rendell
1997 William J. Avery
1998 Nicholas DeBenedictis
1999 Lawrence A. Weinbach, C.P.A.
2000 Dr. Corbin A. McNeill Jr.
2001 The Honorable Thomas J. Ridge
2002 Joseph E. Neubauer
2003 G. Fred DiBona Jr.
2004 Betsy Z. Cohen

2005 C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni

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