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Gnage, McCullough Receive Robert J. Scannell Roll of Honor Award for Athletics

Robert J. Scannell Roll of Honor Award
Dr. David Gnage (left) and Douglas McCullough received the 2013 Robert J. Scannell Roll of Honor Award for Athletics
7/18/2013 —

July 11, 2013 (Mont Alto, PA)— Two Penn State Mont Alto employees were recently awarded The Robert J. Scannell Roll of Honor Award. The award was presented to Dr. David Gnage, chancellor, and Douglas McCullough, retired, assistant professor of kinesiology and recreation and parks.

The Robert J. Scannell Roll of Honor Award is presented to an administrator, faculty or staff member, or coach who has served the Penn State University Athletic Conference with distinction. Dr. Scannell, former Vice President and Dean of the Commonwealth Education System, was largely responsible for the establishment of the athletic and recreation programs at Penn State’s campuses.

Dr. David Gnage was named chancellor at Penn State Mont Alto in 2002. During his tenure, the athletics program has grown from 10 varsity sports to 12, with the addition of men’s baseball and wrestling.  Dr. Gnage supported the addition of the new baseball field and the reconstruction of the tennis courts. He served on the Penn State University Athletic Conference Executive Committee for two years and served as co-chair of the committee with Mont Alto Athletic Director Marty Ogle in 2013. He supported the athletic program’s move to the United States Collegiate Athletics Association (USCAA), and he continues to support the research on Penn State Mont Alto moving to NCAA Division III. Dr. Gnage was nominated for the award by Marty Ogle, director of athletics at Penn State Mont Alto.

“In addition to helping us expand our athletic program, Dr. Gnage is a strong supporter of our teams,” said Marty Ogle, director of athletics at Penn State Mont Alto. “You can see him in the crowd at home games, and he has traveled to support our teams who are competing at USCAA national championships,” Ogle added.

Doug McCullough started his career at Penn State in 1970 as the director of the Recreation and Youth Leadership Program at Penn State New Kensington. He served in that position for 14 years. While at New Kensington, McCullough founded and directed Camp Nit-ta-nee, a day camp for children grades 1-7. He was the assistant basketball coach for several years and tournament director for the Commonwealth Campuses Wrestling Tournament held at New Kensington. Upon leaving New Kensington, McCullough was recognized for his outstanding work and dedication to students, the campus and the community. When he came to Mont Alto in 1984 he was given a joint appointment with the Department of Kinesiology and the Department of Parks and Recreation. McCullough coached the soccer team for several years at Mont Alto. During his last six years at Penn State he was the Commonwealth College Faculty Athletic Representative to the University Athletic Committee. In that capacity McCullough was responsible for ensuring the academic eligibility of all students participating in the Commonwealth Campus athletic programs. He also served one term as chairman of the Commonwealth Campuses Faculty Association.

“Doug did an outstanding job of representing the conference’s academic interests to Penn State’s Faculty Senate,” said Ogle. “He was aware that athletics and academics compliment each other and he was a strong supporter of both.”

McCullough was nominated for the award by Dr. Duane Thomas, professor of kinesiology.  Dr. Thomas said, “Doug showed a high degree of professionalism in fulfilling his responsibilities and was very dedicated to his students.”

McCullough retired from Penn State in 2003. He lives with his wife Phyllis in Washington Township.

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