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FSU to Present Distinguished Alumni Awards at 138th Commencement

FSU to Present Distinguished Alumni Awards at 138th Commencement
Robin Wynder and Tony Zook
Frostburg State University will present the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award to campus and community leader and mentor Robin Wynder and top pharmaceutical industry executive Tony Zook at the 138th commencement ceremonies slated for May 21 in the Cordts Physical Education Center.

At the 9 a.m. ceremony, FSU will honor 1982 graduate Zook, executive vice president of AstraZeneca’s Commercial Operation responsible for worldwide marketing and sales activities, including the development of strategic marketing of prescription medicines designed to improve the health and quality of life of patients around the world. Prior to this role, Zook directed AstraZeneca’s largest market – North America – and headed AstraZeneca’s Global Marketing function. He was also president of AstraZeneca’s biologics business MedImmune. Zook joined Astra USA in 1997 as vice president-Marketing and Sales, two years before the merger of Astra AB and Zeneca Group Plc in 1999. Zook earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from FSU and an associate degree in chemical engineering from Penn State University. Zook is a member of the Board for First State Innovation, the Pennsylvania Division of the American Cancer Society and the Board of Trustees for the Healthcare Leadership Council. He is married to Trish Ward Zook, a 1983 Frostburg graduate; they have three children.

Wynder, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Frostburg in 1980 and her master’s in 1987, will be honored at the 2 p.m. ceremony. For more than 20 years, Wynder has offered support to FSU students and served numerous community organizations in Western Maryland. She started her FSU career in 1986 as advisor/counselor for Student Support Services. After taking time to care for her family, Wynder returned in 1999 as assistant director for the Diversity Center; she is now the director. As a consultant in diversity and cultural competency, she has conducted workshops for schools, colleges, businesses and civic groups. Wynder is a trained facilitator of the National Coalition Building Institute and serves on the leadership team for the National Black African Heritage Constituency of NCBI. She founded “Sister to Sister,” a program mentoring females of color from elementary to college age, and co-founded the M.A.P. (Motivation and Academic Preparation) Summer Camp Program after learning that few local African-American children had prepared for or taken the PSAT or SAT exams. Wynder and her husband, Bernard, have two children and three granddaughters.

Tickets are required to attend commencement. For more information about the ceremonies, visit the commencement Web site at

For more information about the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards, contact the FSU Office of Alumni Programs at 301-687-4068.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589