2017 Distinguished Alumni Fellows
On Thursday, October 12, the University of Pittsburgh and the Pitt Alumni Association (PAA) honored Carol (EDUC ‘64) and Gene McGrevin (A&S ‘66), Gordon Vanscoy (PHARM ‘84 & KATZ ‘91), and Marna Cupp Whittington (A&S '70 & '74) with the Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award during the University’s annual Homecoming celebration. The four outstanding alumni were duly recognized with the highest alumni award conferred by the University for their outstanding personal and professional achievements.
Carol and Gene McGrevin
Having supported each other through both of their professional journeys and having found success together, the University honors Carol and Gene McGrevin for their work in education and the health care industry, respectively. Carol received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a master’s degree from Rider University and a doctoral degree from Georgia State University. She began her career teaching before transitioning first to public school administration and then to higher education where she focused on educational leadership and taught at several universities including Pepperdine University, Texas Christian University, University of Northern Colorado, and Georgia State University. Since retiring, she has been an educational consultant and master trainer as well as serving on many college boards, including Pitt’s Board of Trustees. Carol received Pitt’s School of Education Distinguished Alumni award, and both she and her husband Gene received Pitt’s 225th Medallion Award.
Gene holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh as well as an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has held numerous leadership positions at health care and pharmaceutical companies across the country, including Syncor International, Microtek Medical, Everest Healthcare, and Surefire Medical, Inc. He led the commercialization of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning by co-founding PETNet Pharmaceutical and led the commercial introduction of therapies for cooling for post-sudden cardiac arrest patients as Chairman of Medivance. Although retired, he continues to serve on several boards and is developing a catheter delivery system that treats solid cancerous tumors. The couple cofounded MCG Partners, an investment company focused on education and health opportunities. They have provided generous support for scholarships, programs, and research in the School of Education and the School of Medicine, and have made a commitment to establish an endowed chair in the School of Education for educational leadership.
With a company recently named by Pittsburgh Business Times as among the fastest growing in Pittsburgh, Gordon Vanscoy is a pioneer in the specialty pharmacy industry. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Business Administration from Pitt, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University, Gordon founded PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy. The company specializes in medications for patients with rare and devastating conditions
Vanscoy currently serves as the associate dean for business innovation and an associate professor of pharmacy and therapeutics in Pitt’s School of Pharmacy. He previously founded UPMC’s Drug Information and Pharmacoepidemiology Center, developed one of the nation’s first anticoagulation clinic services, and in 2008, received the School of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Gordon and his wife Bethann jointly support programs such as Pitt Athletics, the School of Pharmacy's annual White Coat Ceremony, the Naples Winter Academy, and the Dr. Gordon Vanscoy Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences endowed professorship, among others.
Marna Cupp Whittington
With an impressive resume of financial management positions with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania as well as leadership roles within several illustrious corporate finance firms, Marna Cupp Whittington blazed a trail for like-minded women. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Delaware, followed by a master’s and doctoral degree in quantitative methods from the University of Pittsburgh. Whittington held various executive positions in corporate finance, including having served as managing director and COO of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and CEO of Allianz Global Investors Capital.
She has received many industry and community service awards, and was named a Legacy Laureate by the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. Whittington and her husband, Pitt graduate Tom Whittington, have established the Whittington Fellowship in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the Harvey L. Cupp Jr. Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering, in honor of Marna’s father, Harvey, a graduate of the Swanson School of Engineering.
Since its inception in 1993, fewer than 65 University of Pittsburgh alumni have been honored with a Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award. To be selected, an alumnus must have demonstrated an outstanding level of professional achievement, service to the community, and have already received their school or college’s highest alumni award.