2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

H. Scott Higgins ’67
Founder and CEO – Veterans Advantage, Inc.

Higgins is Founder and CEO of Veterans Advantage, Inc., the nation’s leading military card program, which creates and delivers benefits to over 100 million active duty and military veterans, and their families. He was Managing Director of Lehman Ark Management Company, Inc., Senior Vice President of A.G. Becker, Chairman of Alcona Capital Advisors, and served as a financial consultant for many of the nation’s leading banks, insurance companies and investment management firms.

He served as Trustee and Co-Chair of the New York Shakespeare Festival for 18 years, and was appointed by the New York City Mayor to Co-Chair the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission, where he was responsible for the design, funding, and building of the memorial, as well as the publishing of bestseller Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. He was also an active member of the Freedoms Foundation Board from 2004-10.

Higgins graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Business Administration. As an undergraduate, he was the co-founder of the men’s lacrosse team, captain of the wrestling team, and a member of ROTC and Phi Delta Theta. After his graduation, he received his orders for Vietnam as an Army Lieutenant. Upon his return, he earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. As a Gettysburg alumnus, Higgins served as a Trustee for 11 years and currently holds Trustee Emeritus status. He is a member of the Gettysburg Hall of Athletic Honor, Cupola Society, and 1832 Society.

Orin S. Levine ’88
Director, Vaccine Delivery – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Orin S. Levine ’88 is the Director of the Vaccine Delivery Global Development Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, leading the Foundation’s efforts to accelerate the introduction of new vaccines and related technologies to improve routine immunization systems. Prior to this, he worked at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, where he lead the highly successful PneumoADIP project that accelerated access to pneumonia vaccines for millions of children worldwide. His expertise is frequently requested for appearances in print, radio, and television across the globe.

Levine graduated from Gettysburg with a degree in Management, and then went on to earn a doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Sigma Chi, the Hillel Foundation, and played on the Bullets lacrosse team.


Kathryn A. Morris ’92
Provost, VP for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Psychology – Butler University

Kathryn A. Morris ’92 is Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Professor of Psychology at Butler University. Her areas of expertise include social psychology, psychology of gender, methodology, and statistics. She previously served as Chair of the Department of Psychology at Butler.

Morris graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology from Gettysburg College. As an undergraduate, she served as an orientation leader, member of the German Club, and a research assistant in the Psychology Department. Morris then earned a master of art and doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Recently, she received a Certificate in Higher Education Leadership from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Sandra Berlin Walker ’78
President and CEO – YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

Walker is President and CEO of the Greater Cincinnati YMCA. She focuses on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Under her leadership, the Greater Cincinnati YMCA’s After School Child Care Program was selected by YUSA as the top evidence-based program in the nation. Her career with the YMCA spans 35 years, previously acting as Senior Vice President of Operations for the YMCA of Greater Boston. Locally, she serves on the STRIVE Partnership Executive Committee, focused on driving student success outcomes through collective impact. She is a founding member of the Human Services Chamber of Hamilton County and currently serves as Treasurer.

Walker graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Psychology, then earned a graduate degree in Counseling and Personal Services from the University of Maryland, College Park. As an undergraduate, she served as VP of Education in Delta Gamma, was an Executive Committee member of the Psi Chi psychology honorary society, and played for the Bullets woman’s basketball team.

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