Case Western Reserve University alumnus and trustee David Hunt received the Case Alumni Association's Gold Medal award at the organization's annual reunion banquet on June 8. The CAA chose to honor Hunt for his work as a mediator between the leadership of the association and the university. Relationships between the two had been rocky in recent years until Hunt's intervention helped bridge the gap.
"I was concerned about the growing rift between CAA and the university administration," Hunt said in his acceptance speech. "And as an alumnus and board member I could relate to and see the issues on both sides."
Hunt said he saw a window of opportunity for reconciliation when Dr. Gregory Eastwood arrived as interim president, but he admits that he was not alone in bringing the groups back together.
"It all started with a phone call from Don Schuele, whom I had known from our Case Advisory Board days," he added.
That phone call led to discussions between Dr. Eastwood, then CAA President Al Gordon, CAA Alumni Council member Roger Cerne, then CSE Dean Robert F. Savinell and Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees Chairman Frank Linsalata, with Hunt serving as unofficial moderator.
"I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the CAA Gold Medal Award than David Hunt," said Gordon, who presented the award. "Through inexorable effort and poise, David was able to bring together the leadership from the CAA and the university to engage in positive dialog. His efforts have proved resoundingly successful assuring the CAA will continue to grow and flourish in partnership with Case Western Reserve University."
Hunt, chairman of the board of Newpark Resources, is a two-time Case grad. He earned a BS in management science in 1963 and an MBA from what is now the Weatherhead School of Management in 1968.
He began a 32-year career with Consolidated Natural Gas Company at its Cleveland subsidiary, The East Ohio Gas Company, where he held positions in engineering, planning and finance, becoming its senior vice president. He later moved to become president of Consolidated's exploration and production businesses in Pittsburgh and New Orleans. Consolidated and East Ohio Gas are now part of Dominion Resources.
Following retirement from Consolidated, Hunt joined the board of Newpark Resources, a Houston-based oilfield services company, providing drilling fluids, construction site preparation and environmental services. He also served as a senior financial consultant for McDermott International for several years.
Currently serving as vice chairman of the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees, Hunt is also past president of the Case Club of Cleveland and a past officer of the Case Club of Pittsburgh.
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