Nancy Devorris named Honorary Alumni
Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 1311 hits
ALTOONA – Nancy S. Devorris, of Altoona, has received the Penn State Honorary Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals who, though not graduates of Penn State, greatly enhance the University through their commitment and service.
Devorris was honored with a reception and dinner on June 2, 2012, followed by a formal award ceremony at University Park.
“When it comes to philanthropy and leadership, Nancy’s primary motivation is never self-interest,” said Chancellor Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry. “It is first and foremost the giving of oneself in service to a program, initiative, or event that improves the quality of life for others in a significant way. In matters relating to the growth and development of Penn State Altoona, I have found Nancy to be passionate, enthusiastic, and engaged. On a personal level, I have been moved by her compassion, generosity, and warmth. On behalf of our entire University, I express heartfelt congratulations to Nancy on her selection for the Honorary Alumni Award, and sincere thanks for a profound legacy of support.”
As a Penn State volunteer leader, Nancy Devorris has served on Penn State Altoona’s Grand Destiny Campaign Steering Committee and 60th-anniversary organizing committee. Nancy and her husband Don co-chaired the college’s first Renaissance Fund Dinner in 2005 which raised nearly $100,000 for the William J. Rossman Renaissance Fund Scholarship.
The Devorrises legacy of philanthropic support has been defined by gifts that have benefited numerous academic programs and special initiatives throughout the University. In March 2010, the couple was invited to serve as Presidential Counselors. This group of advisors is chosen from individuals who have distinguished themselves through their exemplary philanthropic and voluntary contributions to the University over many years.
“The presentation of the Honorary Alumni Award to Nancy is a fitting tribute to a loyal ambassador and faithful friend of Penn State,” said Bechtel-Wherry. “Our entire Penn State Altoona community joins with Nancy and her family in celebrating this prestigious honor.”