Service to Smeal Award

Recognizes an alumnus/alumna for their outstanding service to the Smeal Alumni Society.

Recognizes an alumnus/alumna for their outstanding service to the Smeal College of Business through volunteer activities and/or efforts that enrich the college community. 

2018 Award Recipient: Lynn Kennedy Cruser  '83 Management

Lynn Cruser began her career after graduation with New Jersey National Bank, and later moved to Washington D.C. to join Sovran Bank, a predecessor of the current Bank of America. She held several positions at the bank culminating with the position of vice president, Bank of America in the Private Banking Division. Her portfolio consisted of doctors, lawyers, CPAs, and executives. She handled all of their banking needs both personally and for their businesses. While at Penn State, Cruser was a Lion Ambassador, which set the groundwork for her many years of involvement with Penn State. She was a member of the Bucks County Alumni Association chapter and a member and president of the Washington D.C. Alumni Association chapter. She was elected to two terms on Penn State’s Alumni Council. Cruser served as a member on the Smeal Alumni Society Board from 2003-2006, until she and her family moved to Australia for her husband’s work. In the fall of 2011, she was re-elected to the Smeal Alumni Society Board, where she served as chair of the Mentoring Task Force, and then served as president of the Board from 2013-2015. Cruser continues her Smeal service as a member of the Hammond Society and is active on the Mentoring Task Force. She was recently elected as a board member of the Lion Ambassador Alumni Interest Group. Cruser is also active in her local community and serves as a board member for the Chiari Group, the Avalon Home Owners Association, teaches for Junior Achievement, and works with Many Hands in D.C. She and her husband George have two sons, Trey and John. Trey is a graduate of the Smeal Masters of Accounting program and is now at Deloitte in Philadelphia. John is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying mechanical engineering and pre-medicine.

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