Christian Stumpf, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Assistant Vice President of Auxiliaries and Director of the Conference Center, was the recipient of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International (ACCED-I) 2008 Jack Thornton Distinguished Service Award, the most prestigious individual honor awarded by ACCED-I. Mr. Stumpf was presented with the award at the 2008 Awards and Recognition Gala held March 10, in Las Vegas, N.V.
The award recognizes Mr. Stumpf for distinguished service to the collegiate conference profession and ACCED-I. Nominees must demonstrate service to the Association through two or more of the following: service as an officer or board member at the national level; service as a Regional Director; service as a Committee Chair/Project Team Leader; service to an associated professional organization whose focus/mission is related to ACCED-I.
“Chris has always performed his duties on the board of directors with the highest level of commitment, ethics and responsibility. He offers thoughtful advice and opinions that greatly contribute to the forward progress of the organization. He has served as a mentor to me, teaching me what I need to know about serving on the board and how the board operates within the Association,” Laura Aikey, Training and Implementation Director for KX Software, stated in her nomination of Mr. Stumpf.
A 1994 UPJ graduate, Mr. Stumpf began his service with ACCED-I as a graduate assistant in the Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown and served as needed on projects and committees. He has served ACCED-I as a board member for two terms, the annual conference chair for three conferences, as the leader on the Benchmarking study and the One-Stop Shop certification project, led the membership, marketing and recruitment committee during a “member-get-a-member” campaign and also has served on numerous other committees and projects.
Founded in 1927, UPJ is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic development, UPJ offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.