Three West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services alumni were selected for induction into the Jasper N. Deahl Honor’s Society, named after one of West Virginia’s greatest educators and first dean of the college.
“Giving Forward in Support of Education” is the mission of the College’s Alumni Association and those chosen exemplify those efforts through career achievement and or community service and or loyalty to WVU. Inductees are:
F. Duke Haddad, Fishers, Ind., Ed.D., 1986. Duke is executive director of development at the Salvation Army Indiana Division and serves as a senior principal consultant at GJ Mongon & Company, Inc. He was the national senior director of philanthropy for Make-A-Wish Foundation of America in Phoenix and directed their multi-million dollar national endowment campaign. Haddad has served as vice president for development for the Children’s Medical Center of Dayton, Ohio; was senior consulting associate for Demont & Associates Fundraising Consulting Firm in Portland, Maine; and served as vice president for development/executive director for St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services in Indianapolis.
He has received various state and national awards, including being named the fundraising executive of the year by the Indiana Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, and was granted the Sagamore of Wabash Award by the Governor of Indiana. He was a recipient of the Outstanding West Virginian Award by WV Governor Gaston Caperton and was named a Mountaineer Ambassador by the WVU Alumni Association.
Dave Hammer, Brownsburg, Ind., B.S. Science Education, 1982. Hammer is the head athletic trainer for the Indianapolis Colts. He specialized in athletic training and began his football career working at the original Mountaineer Field. He was nominated by a former fellow student and player, WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck.
Hammer has published within his field of expertise and has been active in a variety of athletic training organizations in Indiana and nationally. In 1990, the Colts’ athletic training staff was voted Athletic Training Staff of the Year by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. Hammer has been a leader in the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Association, where he has worked NFL Super Bowls, Pro Bowls and NFL Scouting Combines. He has served on the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society Combine advisory committee and is an advocate for education opportunities in athletic training. In 2012, the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association named Hammer the Professional / Clinical Athletic Trainer of the Year. Hammer has paved the way for other WVU graduates in the profession of athletic training.
Zachary Hill, Ridgley Park, Pa., B.S. Elementary Education, 1984. Hill is the senior director of communications for the Philadephia Flyers. He began his career in sports when he was offered a box office job with the Philadephia 76ers in 1987, after completing an internship. Hill has been a stalwart with the Flyers for 20 years. Through his leadership, the Flyers media team has been a six-time finalist for the coveted Dick Dillman Award, given annually to the best media relations department in each National Hockey League conference and, in 2012, he and his staff took home top honors. Hill has been a guest speaker at Villanova, Temple, Drexel, St. Joe’s, West Chester, Rowan and Duquesne Universities. Additionally, several of his photos have been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, as well as USA Today.
CONTACT: Christie Zachary, College of Education and Human Services
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