SHIPPENVILLE,PA–The Clarion University Honors Program has completed their nominations of an outstanding graduating senior to the 2008 Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence.
Ali-Zaidi, a charter member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors and a strong advocate for the universities, established the award to inspire and honor PASSHE students who excel in the pursuit of knowledge.
Dr. Syed Ali Zaidi of Shippenville, PA was appointed to the Council of Trustees in 1980 and reappointed in 1985, 1991, 1997, and 2003. He was a founding member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors, serving from 1984 to 1988 and from 1997 to 2002. In 1998, Dr. Ali-Zaidi chaired the boardâ€™s Task Force on Science and Advanced Technology Education, Workforce Development, and Implementation Research. In 2001, he established the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, which annually recognizes an outstanding State System graduate. Dr. Ali-Zaidi is the recipient of the Systemâ€™s 2002 Eberly Award for Volunteerism. He is retired from a 25-year career in research and development with the glass industry. He has a B.S. in Glass Technology from Sheffield University in England, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Ceramic Engineering, both from The Ohio State University.