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Young Alumni Award recipients announced at McPherson College

posted Oct 09, 2008 in ALUMNI

Three distinguished young alumni will be honored at homecoming October 10 and 11. Thomas King ’77, Paula Vincent ’78, and Dan Masterson ’83, will receive Young Alumni Awards at the fall honors convocation this Friday.

Instituted in 1994, the awards typically honor three alumni each fall at the Homecoming Honors Convocation. The purpose of the awards is “to recognize achievement and potential for accomplishment of McPherson College young alumni.” Recipients are recommended by the alumni awards committee and approved by the board of trustees. All alumni of the college are eligible for nomination, with preference given to those celebrating 10-year to 30-year class reunions during Homecoming weekend.

Tom King ’77, currently serves as president and CEO of Alexza Pharmaceuticals, an office he has held since June of 2003. Prior to serving at Alexza, King was president and CEO of Cognetix, Inc, a biopharmaceutical development company. While serving as president and CEO of Anesta Corp. in Salt Lake City, King was nationally recognized most notably for his involvement in developing Actiq, a product that helps cancer patients control their pain.

Following King’s graduation from McPherson College, he acquired a master’s degree from the University of Kansas in finance.

Aside from King’s career accomplishments, he is an assistant coach for a community girls’ basketball league, participates in several community-based charitable organizations and has served as a member of the board of trustees at Rowland Hall St. Mark’s School. King and his wife Liz currently reside in Atherton, Calif., and have two daughters. King’s mother and two uncles were also graduates of McPherson College.


Paula Vincent ’78, will also receive recognition Friday. Following Vincent’s graduation from McPherson College, she went on to get both her master’s and doctorate from the University of Iowa. She currently works in the Clear Creek Amana Community School District as superintendent. Vincent has spent her career in multiple positions with the field of education including elementary teacher, director of special education, supervisor of instruction and director of instructional services. Vincent is heavily involved in her community, as well as the college community, serving on the board of trustees since 2007. She also sits on the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and is the chair of the Grant Wood Regional Chapter of the Red Cross. Vincent has also served on several other boards within her current and prior communities, and is an ordained elder and deacon in the Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City.

Vincent is in the fourth generation of her family to attend MC. Her great grandparents, grandmother, and mother all attended, and her mother served on both the alumni board and the board of trustees.


Daniel Masterson ’83, is the final 2008 award recipient. Masterson graduated with a bachelor of arts in music education and taught music at Inman USD 448 until 1987, when he received his master of music in piano performance from Wichita State University. Masterson then served as adjunct music professor at both McPherson College beginning in 1991 and Central College beginning in 1992, until 1995, when he began working toward his doctorate from the University of Illinois. While in Illinois, he was a piano instructor at Central Illinois Music Conservatory. In 2000, Masterson returned to the area where he is a professor of music at Bethany College.

Masterson is also involved in the community, serving on the McPherson Area Piano Teachers League, has held positions on the Kansas Music Teachers Association Board, and is the scoutmaster for troop 120 in Lindsborg. Masterson has also held various positions in the Church of the Brethren, including minister of music in the McPherson Church of the Brethren, was the Annual Conference pianist in 1982 and has been a volunteer musician at various other churches.

The convocation and awards ceremony will be held in Brown Auditorium on Friday, October 10 at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.


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