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Wells College alum honored with humanitarian award

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Wells College says one of its alumnae and trustees was recently honored with the Leo B. Hart Humanitarian Award from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Vicki E. Panhuise, who graduated from Wells College cum laude, with a degree in mathematics, went on to earn her doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri.

Wells President Jonathan Gibralter expressed his admiration for Panhuise: “Several years ago, I asked Vicki Panhuise to serve on the Wells College Board of Trustees because of her expertise in strategic planning and financial management. She has given freely of her time, treasure, and talent for the past few years, and we are fortunate to have her as a trustee and Wells alumna. She is admired by so many people both in Aurora, New York, and obviously in her home in Arizona, where she served on the ASU board of trustees for several years. We are very proud of Vicki for this accomplishment.”

The University of Arizona bestows the Leo B. Hart Award to alumni who have made “outstanding contributions to social justice and welfare.” Established in 1986 and named for an alumnus who created a school for migrant children during the Great Depression, the award represents yet another achievement in Panhuise’s illustrious career. She was nominated by the Eller College of Management, where she currently serves as an advisor on the advisory board.

In addition to her volunteer leadership roles at the Eller College of Management and at Wells College, Panhuise also serves as the director and treasurer for the nonprofit organization Laptops to Lesotho, and has held a number of roles at additional organizations. Her professional career has taken her from upstate New York, where she started as an engineer, to California and Arizona, where she worked in the aerospace industry and then in management consulting.

Wells College is delighted to have such a knowledgeable, skilled and philanthropic alumna recognized, and knows she serves as an inspiration to current students and the broader community.