2010 Alumni Recipients

Michael Dugan '68 '78 ENG received the Lifetime Achievement Alumnus

Alumni awards 2010 Dugan

Michael Dugan is a 1968 graduate of Penn State DuBois with an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. His Bachelor of Technology is from Rochester Institute of Technology. Michael currently resides in Colorado. Recently out of retirement, he returned to EchoStar Communications Corporation as President and CEO.

Michael Dugan was appointed EchoStar Corporation’s CEO and President in November 2008 to lead EchoStar’s business initiatives in satellite services delivery, set-top box development and sales, and international expansion. He’s responsible for the overall success of the company’s three subsidiaries: EchoStar Satellite Services, EchoStar International, and EchoStar Technologies and its Sling Media.

Michael began his EchoStar career as Vice President of Engineering in 1990 and is credited as the chief architect behind much of the technological foundation for EchoStar set-top boxes and DISH       Network’s pay TV broadcast services. EchoStar spun off from DISH Network in January 2008.

Michael has been a member of EchoStar’s Board of Directors since 2002, first at DISH Network and then later joining the EchoStar Board of Directors at the time of the spin-off in January 2008. From April 2000 to May 2004, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of DISH Network. From 2004 to 2008, he served as a senior advisor to DISH Network and EchoStar.

Michael is very proud of his degree from Penn State DuBois and continues to be connected to the campus. He was the May 2000 commencement speaker for Penn State DuBois where he shared his Eight Rules of Success with the graduating class. In 2001 he received the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association, the Alumni Fellow Award. He continues to consult closely with the Chancellor regarding various topics of interest.

Bryan Burhans '91 AG received the Outstanding Alumnus (left)

C. Howard Allen '01 BUS received the Outstanding Young Alumnus (right)


Bryan Burhans is a 1987 Penn State DuBois graduate with an Associate Degree in Wildlife Technology, and a 1992 Penn State University Park graduate with a B.S. in Wildlife Science. He received his M.S. from the University of Maryland Appalachian Environmental Laboratory at Frostburg State University in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. Bryan currently lives in Asheville, NC where he is president and CEO of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF), and a certified wildlife biologist. Through his work with the groundbreaking efforts of TACF, a rebirth of the American Chestnut Tree may soon be a reality. Prior to leading TACF’s mission he was the Director of Land Management Programs for the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Bryan has a rich history with Penn State DuBois, not only as a student, but also has an instructor in Wildlife Technology in 1988 and 1990. He has also been a consultant with our Wildlife Technology faculty on curriculum, and was selected as the 2010 Umbaugh Lecturer at Penn State DuBois this past April.

His professional accomplishments include, but are not limited to, chairing The Wildlife Society’s Forest and Wildlife Committee, recipient of the 2005 Harry Hardtner award presented by the Southern Group of State Foresters, recognizing outstanding leadership in forest management, and publishing over sixty magazine and newspaper articles dealing with wildlife management, conservation, and hunting. He is also a certified prescribed burn manager for South Carolina and Florida.

C. Howard Allen, is a 2001 Penn State graduate with a B.S. in Business Management. Howard is a resident of DuBois where he is a facility manager with Walmart. He played an integral role in the planning and organizational efforts to open the new Walmart Supercenter in DuBois, where he supervises more than 300 employees.

Howard has received recognition and awards from Walmart including the Market Human Resource Manager of the Year Award for the Pennsylvania Region in 2008 and the 2009 Human Resource Delta Award.

Howard has also been recognized by Walmart corporate headquarters for adopting and implementing a new accounting process.Additionally, he holds lifetime memberships with the Penn State Alumni Association, Delta Mu Sigma Honor Society, and Boy Scouts of America. Service to his community includes initiating a Veterans Outreach Program with the Pittsburgh Veterans Administration and building a partnership between Walmart and the Greater Allegheny County Food Bank. Howard has also served as a Director on the Penn State DuBois Alumni Society Board.