Published 03/01/18

2018 Alumni Achievement Award winners announced

Bryant University and the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement will honor the recipients of the 2018 Alumni Achievement Awards at a dinner on Alumni Engagement Day, Friday, April 13. Through their career success and engagement with Bryant after graduating, these alumni enhance the reputation of the University. A Distinguished Faculty Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has raised the level of discourse and engagement with students, will also be bestowed.

"These accomplished and dedicated alumni ... exemplify what it means to be inspired to excel."

This year’s honorees include:

  • D. Ellen Wilson ’79 - Distinguished Alumna Award Undergraduate
  • J. Dennis Heipt ’66 - Distinguished Alumnus Award Undergraduate
  • Daniel M. Kortick '97 MBA - Distinguished Alumnus Award Graduate School
  • Daniel J. Rice, IV '03  - Young Alumni Leadership Award
  • Glen P. Martin '81, '87 MBA - Nelson J. Gulski Service Award
  • James C. Segovis, Ph.D. - Distinguished Faculty Award

"We are honored to recognize these accomplished and dedicated alumni, who exemplify what it means to be inspired to excel," says Vice President for University Advancement David C. Wegrzyn '86. "And, as those lucky enough to have learned about organizational behavior and leadership in the workplace from him will attest, Professor James C. Segovis, Ph.D., is a most worthy recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award."

Distinguished Alumna

D. Ellen Wilson '79 has been the Executive Vice President of Human Capital at UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health care company, since June 2013 and was named to the Office of the Chief Executive in November 2014. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of human resources for more than 300,000 employees. This includes developing strategies for compensation and benefits, talent management, leadership and employee development, rewards and recognition, and organization development. Previously, Wilson served as chief administrative officer at Optum, guiding the company's mission-critical business alignment and cultural programs. Prior to joining Optum, she worked at Fidelity Investments for 17 years, holding various senior human resources positions across the firm, concluding her tenure there as head of human resources. Wilson’s community engagement has included serving on the boards of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries Inc. in Boston, the Walker Art Center and the YWCA in Minneapolis, and as a member of the corporate advisory board of The Commonwealth Institute in Boston.

Distinguished Alumnus

J. Dennis Heipt '66 helped build the company that built the internet – literally. He retired as Corporate Executive Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) after 24 years. The company was a pioneer in providing science and technology solutions – including software, systems engineering, and systems integration – to the U.S. government defense and intelligence agencies and companies worldwide that were focused on developing what ultimately would become the World Wide Web. Combining his Bryant education with business acumen and a law degree earned through four years of night classes, Heipt led SAIC’s legal, human resources, purchasing, security, internal audit, and government contract administration functions.  During his tenure, the company grew from 800 employees to over 45,000 and was recognized as the largest employee-owned company in the United States.

Distinguished Alumnus – Graduate School

Daniel Kortick '97 MBA pursued his graduate degree in finance one evening class a week while working full-time at Fleet Bank and later, Bank of Boston. It took six years and, as he added a new level of understanding and expertise through his studies, he built a strong portfolio of experience with media and information companies while working in industry lending groups. In 2000, Kortick joined the Wicks Group, a New York City-based private equity firm, where he is a managing partner. Since its founding in 1989, the firm has invested more than $1 billion of capital in lower to middle-market companies operating in select segments of the U.S. and Canadian information, education and media industries. "I'm proud of the fact that people see me as part of the solution and not part of the problem," says Kortick.

Young Alumni Leadership

After Daniel Rice IV '03 finished his last exam, he headed to Houston, where the young financial analyst internalized the risk-taking environment of the region’s energy industry. In 2008, Rice and his brothers, Toby and Derek – who have backgrounds in petroleum engineering and geology – started Rice Energy, where he is chief executive officer. Leasing land in Pennsylvania, they began drilling natural gas wells. Using Dan’s financial skills, the company continually expanded with private equity, going public in 2014. Cited as the Top Workplace in the Greater Pittsburg Region, Rice Energy saved hundreds of families from the brink of bankruptcy through land leases and royalties. By the end of 2017, the company was the seventh largest producer of natural gas in the United States and was acquired by EQT Corp., to create the largest natural gas production company in the United States.

Gulski Service Award

Glen Martin '81, '87 MBA was busy raising a family, building a 30-year career excelling in marketing, sales strategy, and investment management positions at Bank of America and its predecessor organizations, and serving his community when a former president of Bryant's National Alumni Council (NAC) persuaded him to become more involved with his alma mater. In the decade since, Martin, now a private client advisor and financial planner at F.L. Putnam Investment Management Company, has served as vice president of the NAC’s Nominating and Regional Area Networks Committees and last year completed a two-year term as Council president. A member of the Alumni Career Services Network, he is active in its mentoring program and has been a judge for Bryant’s distinctive IDEA (Innovation and Design Experience for All) program. His campus visits have included classroom presentations for undergraduate finance and MBA courses.

Distinguished Faculty Award

On campus, Associate Professor of Management James Courtney Segovis, Ph.D., is known for his engaging, exacting teaching. A founding member of the faculty leadership team for Bryant’s IDEA immersion boot camp, Segovis introduces first-year students to the critical dynamics of innovation and design thinking, his scholarly passion. A trusted advisor, who takes the time to make students feel special, Segovis been known to Skype with students studying abroad to counsel them on their research. In his 26 years of teaching at Bryant, he also has led the Honors Program and served as a founding faculty fellow for the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership. Alumni frequently recall the approachable Segovis as a valued sounding board who exerts a subtle but powerful influence that pushes them to achieve more than they imagined possible.

Join us Friday, April 13, to honor these Alumni Achievement Awards recipients, and to participate in Alumni Engagement Day panels on financial services industry pathways, investing, and women in finance. Register now at Bryant.edu/alumnievents.